I. Am. Still. Here. Four simple words that carry the weight of a story that is still unfolding, a journey still being traveled, and a destiny still being walked out.
Referred to as “the repairer of the breech” by her former Pastor, Wanda began the first Volunteer Ministry for Women in crisis transition at her church in 2005. In was shortly after, that she became a licensed minister.
Wanda made a transition to Arizona, where she started a non-profit called A Walk In Her Shoes which focused on ministering to victims and survivors of the effects of Domestic Violence. Wanda also became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate during that time.
Feeling alone and hopeless in an abusive relationship, Wanda turned first to alcohol and then drugs as a way to cope.
The battle with drugs and alcohol and subsequent depression was a particularly difficult time for Wanda. This is a period of her life that Wanda refers to as the “dark night of the soul”. Once out of the relationship, Wanda began the journey to healing her mind, body and soul.
Wanda has said that “becoming an advocate against Domestic Violence and depression awareness, was not an actual decision. It was something that evolved as a result of me trying to find my way back to me”. Wanda realized there was power and healing in sharing her story with others.
She continues to facilitate powerful and relevant seminars and workshops for women and young girls. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Phoenix Award for her “strength, courage and resiliency”, presented by Harambe Services Inc. In 2018 Wanda was honored at the annual S.O.F.I.A Walking in Purpose Gala for her “outstanding work and dedication”, received a Community Advocate of the Year Award by the Power of Women Summit and a Certificate of Recognition Award for her play “Not Just October” by Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Inc.
Wanda is the producer of a short film “Colors of Survival” which premiered in October 2016, the film reflects on the very harsh realities of domestic violence but is focused on the HOPE of surviving.
“Not Just October” , the stage play is the sequel that focuses on the need for continued discussion around the harsh and sometimes fatal effects of Domestic Violence.
She volunteers with S.O.F.I.A , a New Jersey non-profit Domestic Violence Awareness organization and is a member of Arizona and New Jersey National Coalitions against Domestic Violence.
Her greatest joy is her children and grandchildren whom she lovingly refers to as her “3Squared”.