We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Hann, MBA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a survivor of domestic violence my thought process for starting Whole Life Healing Center was to advocate and assist as many domestic violence victims as we possibly can. This journey began while I was in a domestic violence shelter (Promise Place). I noticed the need for transitional assistance and wanted to create a program to focus on the areas of opportunities that were apparent to me durring my time of transitioning. Promise Place blessed me with a grant for my startup process, they believed in my vision before I had it clearly written out. My goal is to give that same hope, healing and support to survivors transitioning out of domestic violence shelters across the world. My prayer is to one day have a facility in every city and state to ensure assistance is available for everyone. As a nonprofit we work hard to provide assistance with resumes, job placement, affordable housing options, blessing buckets, financial literacy, clothing and more. WLHC is a place where survivors thrive; they are our first priority and the reason I left the Human Resources industry to start the journey of entrepreneurship. #Keepbelieving#Keepsurviving Mia Hann, MBAAlright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
WLHC is one of the only transitional assistance nonprofits in our area. If you search you can find domestic violence shelters however once it’s time for the survivors to transition from the shelter onto their new lives who will be there to help them establish themselves? Who helped them find housing? Etc. My shelter experience was amazing the support that I recieved was top tier however once it was time to leave anxiety set in. I was looking for housing and my counterparts were looking for jobs and needed help with resumes, moving costs and down payments. It was a lot of pressure but thats where my desire to make a difference in the lives of survivors began. As an experienced HR director I started offering help with resumes and prayer because at the time it was all that I could offer. We are set and apart and different in our approach. We partner with shelters to create specific transitional plans for each survivor as they start their new journey.
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?
If my best friend were to visit for a week we would stay at the W hotel (Absolutely Beautiful). We would go to Centennial Olympic Park and I would also take her to the Georgia aquarium. I would take her a helicopter ride through the city and later on in the day we would walk the atlanta beltline. We would spend a day at the mlk museum and later on that evening catch a play at The Fox theater. Last but not least I would have her visit my family for a fun day with games and good food.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who assisted in the establishment and growth of Whole Life Healing Center. My very first thanks goes to God for blessing me with a dream and a vision in what I felt was the lowest point in my life. I would also like to thank my parents Calvin and Michele Gibson; my children; (my pastor) Dr. Beatrice Small; (my mentor) Attorney Chris Leopold; Promise Place and last but definetly not least I am thankful for my board of executives for being there through it all. I love you ALL!
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