We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have learned over the years that there is no such thing as balance, it’s more I have learned over the years that there is no such thing as balance. It’s more about prioritizing everything in your life. Prioritizing comes with discipline and calendaring everything. If you were to see my calendar right now, you would probably get a headache. I look at balance as something you want to give attention to equally. The way my life is set up, that’s not going to happen.  

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The day I discovered who’s I was, was the day I realized my purpose. My life took a sharp turn. I did not see myself as a Founder/Executive Director of a nonprofit organization. This was not in my plan. I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer because I thought that was the path for me. GOD laughter at my plan and removed all of the distractions out of my life to find my purpose. While isolation, GOD said that HE would turn my pain into my purpose. I have faced homelessness and domestic violence. GOD said HE’s going to use all of it for HIS glory. GOD gave me the vision in 2015, but I ran from it for three years. In 2018, HE transformed my life. Out of my transformation, Restoring One’s Hope of Atlanta, Inc was born. ROHA is a nonprofit organization working with individuals and families to end their homelessness in Atlanta, Georgia.

ROHA understands that thousands of homeless men, women, and unsheltered children in Atlanta go day-by-day without eating. ROHA understands that this is a critical need. Our mission is to restore hope by providing wraparound services such as mental health counseling, job readiness, life coaching, financial and computer literacy, health and wellness, and housing to decrease poverty within the community. In 2019, we started feeding the homeless in the City of Atlanta. Today, we have served over 5,000 meals, hygiene items, and over 300lbs of clothes. Our economic impact in the community is worth over $40,000.00. Running a nonprofit is not a walk in the park. I learned that I had to humble myself and know that my work is bigger than me. I have cried so many tears over not knowing how things would turn out, to receiving rejection after rejection. What I thought would break me made me stronger. Seeing those rejections letters only encouraged me to persevere. I am happy to report that we have received donations from Pepsi, Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Publix, State Farm, and a host of others. All I can say is MY GOD IS AWESOME!! To everybody reading this, I encourage you to lean into your creator and listen to your instructions. Once you get your assignment, DO IT! Don’t wait to pass GO, don’t wait for any other signs, just DO IT!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My friends know that I am going to show them a good time when they come into town. Eatery: Atlanta Breakfast Club, BQE, Rosie Café, Juicy Crab, Old Lady Gang, Blaze Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Boogalou, restaurants & bars on the Beltline. Drinks: Cafe Circa, Suite Lounge, Cru Lounge, Whole in the Wall, Brklyn Kitchen & Lounge, Escobar (either location), and Fellowship. Hangout: The Beltline (between Decatur Street and Piedmont Park), Atlantic Station, Cumberland Mall, Perimeter Mall Indoor Sky Diving, Truist Park, Peter Street,  Edgewood Avenue (Historic District), and Brookhaven area. 

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give praises to my heavenly FATHER because I would not be where I am today without HIM. I would also like to thank my grandmother for her unwavering support. She is my rock.

Website: www.restoringoneshopeatl.org

Instagram: @restoring_ones_hope_atl

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/brittany-johnson-081570186

Facebook: Restoring One’s Hope of Atlanta, Inc.

Image Credits
Heather Gaylord

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