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Local Colorado Hero for Developmentally Disabled Young Men Experiences Two Personal Hurricanes and Could Use Help 



Recently, life has dealt a local hero incredible blow – Donna Emilien experienced two hurricanes in one day – losing her son and seeing her family home, devastated by Hurricane Ida flooding. 

A pillar in the community – since 1996, Donna Emilien has worked with young men with developmental disabilities, raising 46 foster kids providing a home environment for over 32 years. Since 2014, she’s been “mom” to 9 young men in the adult system with various behavioral challenges and disabilities through the group home she runs in Colorado. 

On the day hurricane Ida came through, one of those young men, her foster son Javon 25, passed away unexpectedly from several blood clots in his lungs and legs. Friends and family have been working hard to rally the community to help plan and pay for memorial services for Javon.  

“Javon was a little jokester. He was fun-loving, loved to dance. He considered himself a break dancer and beatbox dancer. He was gentle and patient with my mother-in-law, nd he was prayerful. If someone had an ailment or was down or felt downtrodden, he was the first to give a prayer and say a prayer over them.” 

The same weekend Javon passed away; her mother-in-law (who lives in Louisiana) suffered major water damage to her family home from Hurricane Ida flooding. Donna’s mother-in-law suffers from early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Despite her own very full plate, Emilien rushed to Louisiana and brought her mother-in-law back to her home in Colorado for now. 

Emilien explained, “She doesn’t have insurance. There is about $25,000, $30,000 in water damage to her house. We’re going to, of course, see what FEMA will help with. She lives on a fixed income. She’s retired, her husband passed away, so she doesn’t have his retirement anymore. She wants to be in her home, but it was unsafe.” 

Donna’ s 89-year-old mother-n-law’s home is riddled with snakes and rats, garbage, flooded carpets, mildew. Donna had to go and get her mother-in-law, flying from Denver to Alabama, renting a car and driving over.  Authorities are telling evacuees that there are no shelters, no electricity, very limited resources for food, gasoline, supplies and absolutely no medical services. 

Simultaneously Emilien has been working caring for her mother-in-law and had to navigate home repairs, she also has had to deal with her own loss of income, unable to take in another placement in her son’s old room as the family reels from grief and work to plan and prepare a funeral. Her family lives in the home as well as the young men she cares for and now adding her mother-in-law to the house means her current household spans 4-months to 79 years old and everyone is dealing with the loss of Javon, he passed away in the home. 

Despite her own recent personal hurricanes, Emilien is still full of hope and concern for her family and the future. She shared why she has been tirelessly driven to help others, “I had a son that had developmental challenges and learned a lot of tricks of the trade raising him. When I started working in residential settings, I applied some of those same aspects to treatment and behavior modification and was extremely successful.” She added, “I tell my boys—This is your home, regardless of whether you stay here for a one month or 10 years you can always come back here and see the family. We are here for you. I felt like I could fill a void that was missing in a lot of these young men’s lives.”  

Her home is called, Beit Shalom, which means, “House of Peace” very fitting.  

The help Donna and her family could use: 

  • Provide a proper funeral for Javon
  • Get grief counseling for her household
  • Maintain her home and business for the next few months through her losses
  • Receive support and helphermother-in-law get her house repaired 


A GoFundMe account for donations to support Donna Emilien can be found at: www.//


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Landed for Success Inc.- A Global Business Networking Group That Is The “Next Level” Way Of Marketing A Business



Landed for Success Inc. (LFS) is a GLOBAL Elite Business & Branding Networking Group comprised of business professionals who collectively possess a wealth of knowledge and experience within various business sectors. Their unique business model is a next-level way of marketing your business and an environment for aspiring and established entrepreneurs and business owners alike to promote their business and network. LFS is a community that values creating opportunities for personal and professional growth. They encourage their members to promote their business and who they are.

LFS was the brainchild of co-founders Jey Jeyakanthan and Gordon So, both highly experienced entrepreneurs who understand the challenges and work ethic required to run a successful business. Their vision is to build a global platform that will allow business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, coaches, and speakers to not only be able to network and share their business profiles but also their business stories on how they have “Landed for Success.” These stories have the potential to impact millions of people all around the world.

LFS provides a free membership through a Facebook group that has 19.4 thousand members and growing. Additionally, members can subscribe to a private group with exclusive membership benefits. Membership is reviewed and approved to ensure business leaders around the world can optimize professional networking opportunities. This interactive platform is a safe environment to network, build relationships, and collaborate. Integrity matters here!

To learn more about how to become an LFS Lifetime Member and enjoy exclusive networking and learning opportunities inside our private membership area.

LFS has grown an incredible community by having fun navigating within the group of business professionals and growing each and everyone’s network and net wealth through collaboration and connectivity. LFS provides virtual speed networking and training opportunities to aid in personal and business development. Networking events last Thursday of every month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST (Via zoom) where individuals can meet and network with pros and entrepreneurs in local and national markets. The event’s format involves individuals making a 30-second elevator pitch about their business and asking others to think of ways they could work together. These pitches help individuals meet new people, find mentors, and refine their pathway to success. It also provides an opportunity to keep up with the times, as experts pinpoint the latest trends and tools that actually deserve your attention.

LFS also provides a successful authorship program. They believe everyone has a unique story, one which has the ability to uplift and inspire others to succeed. Eighteen co-authors collaborated in volume one of the inaugural book series, “Landed for Success, Untold Stories,” successfully launching in the spring of 2021 as an international bestseller on Amazon.

The LFS book series encourages authorship, as individuals authentically share their stories of struggles, obstacles, and how they have overcome these challenges and have landed for success. In addition, becoming a published author can help to grow and promote more business. It provides an opportunity to gain more credibility, influence, celebrity status and may even attract media attention. Some of the co-authors from volume one were featured in print and television media outlets, podcast interviews, and invited to participate in international business forums.

LFS will be launching volume two, “Landed for Success, Untold Stories- From Burnout to Victory,” in December 2021. It is an honor to have Sir John Shin, the executive producer of the movie “Think and Grow Rich Legacy,” write the foreword in both volumes.

Gordon and  Jey extend this invitation, “If you are interested in becoming a published author and would like to align yourself with successful entrepreneurs such as Sir John Shin and over 20 other successful business owners and entrepreneurs from all around the world, you can set up a 15-minute discovery call with one of our team members by sending an email to [email protected]


GORDON SO is the CEO & Founder of Social Media Currency. Gordon has a strong background in the real estate mortgage industry. As a retired professional network marketer, he has helped many companies successfully launch into Canada, UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Mexico. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with authors, speakers, coaches, small business owners, helping them successfully launch new brands and market their products and services. Gordon is a successful business coach and has helped over 200+ individuals become #1 International Best-Selling Authors, Podcasters and Speakers. In addition, he is a sought-after Transformational and Motivational Speaker.

JEY JEYAKANTHAN is a highly successful entrepreneur and IT professional with over 22 years in Business Development, Project Management & Business Transformation for Fortune-200 companies. Jey is a Director of Sophia Hilton Foundation of Canada, Executive Director of Never give up the foundation, Peace, and past Director of Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce & Member of Markham Board of Trade. Jey founded AVAJ Future Solutions. AVAJ is an Information Technology and Services Company that’s an Innovative, Reliable Partner Global offerings of Software, Mobile App Development, Mobile Responsive Websites, Digital Marketing, Social Media Management, and SEO. Jey is also an international bestselling author, social media influencer and actively involved with Canada’s many volunteer and advocacy organizations.


“Being a part of the Landed For Success (LFS) community has provided me with an excellent opportunity not just to grow my contact base but build meaningful relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs. I have already received an abundance of leads and clients from within the community and am excited to grow as the community continues to grow. I’m excited to be partnering with LFS in the launch of the upcoming book, and the process of working with Gordon and Jey has been a wonderful experience. Gordon and Jey share a deep-rooted passion for growing the LFS community, and their desire to grow LFS is contagious, and I’m excited to be a part of the journey.”
– Jason Hunt, Co-founder, Merged Media

“Landed for Success (LFS) gave me an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded people and very established business owners. These networking opportunities help our BlueMind and LifePlan Investments grow, develop new ventures, and explore new territories. Compared to many other regular networking clubs, LFS is not expensive, has good value for your money, and provides many opportunities to build your business or professional career. Jey, Gordon, and their team are incredible; they take every step to help you succeed in your journey. I would highly recommend LFS for anyone to grow their professional network.”
-Akil Balachandran, Founder and CEO LifePlan Investments, and BlueMind

“It has been an absolute pleasure knowing and working with Gordon So and Jeyakanthan. They are amazing at building connections and have a contagious positive mindset. They have a lot of experience and are always open to helping anyone and everyone. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to grow on a professional level.”
-Ayesha SardarCEO, Global South Asian Women (GSAW)

To Attend a Free Landed For Success Speed Networking Event, go to

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Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share Launches Project K.E.E.P. Keeping Elected Officials Encouraged Through Prayer



Christian Care Ministry/ Medi-Share, the nation’s most trusted name in health care sharing, launched a new prayer initiative for elected officials and their legislative staff. Christian Care Ministry is following its Biblical call to pray and encouraging members to join Project K.E.E.P. It is our privilege to pray for and encourage those who have chosen to serve at the various levels of government. Each day our Medi-Share members and employees are praying for specific elected officials by name.  

This effort was launched in conjunction with our remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. This month’s highlighted elected officials are all active or former members of the military serving at the federal level.  

“We are excited to reach out personally to the elected officials and let them know that our members across the country are praying for them and their staff,” said Evelio Silvera, VP of Communications & Government. “It is our heart that they will be encouraged and will know we are thankful for their willingness to serve and will be guided by the very Word and heart of God.” 

National and local decision-makers have a tough job of fighting for the rights of others each day. Christian Care Ministry’s vision is focused on “Transforming society through the Biblical model of sharing.” Praying for those in office is just one way that we can continue to share words of encouragement that will lead to a positive impact in our communities and lighten the burden of our leaders.  

Project K.E.E.P Registration

About Christian Care Ministry/ Medi-Share: Christian Care Ministry (CCM), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, based in Melbourne, FL, operates the Medi-Share program,  a Christian health care sharing program that provides an affordable alternative to health insurance for faith-based consumers. Founded in 1993, Medi-Share currently serves more than 380,000 members across America.

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The National Black Business Pitch Competition Winners Announced



  • First Place Winner, who received $10,000, was Courtney Newell, Crowned Marketing &       Communications.
  • Second Place Winner, who received $5,000, was Sherrill Mosee, MinkeeBlue.
  • Third Place Winner, who received $2,500, was Emily Edwards, Emily Foods, LLC.

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) was a virtual pitch competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) Competition looked to do more than supplying a seat at the table for black business owners, the long-term goal is to open doors and build relationships that can lead to long-term and sustainable contracts for those companies that participated. Learn more at

This annual event will be back in 2022, so keep checking the website for updates. You could be the next Black Business owner to win! If you are a Black-owned, founded, or controlled business throughout the United States, this is the event of a lifetime! Interested companies will complete an application, supply a copy of their capability statement and a three-minute video about their company. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the corporate supplier diversity community who will select thirty businesses to advance to the final competition and the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. The final competition will consist of a 2-day live virtual event, where the business owner will Pitch their business to multiply corporations from across the United States. Most importantly, there is no cost to take part.

If your corporation desires to do business with Black-owned, founded, or controlled businesses throughout the United States, you too want to get in on the action. Become a sponsor today and join forces with other corporations like Honda, AT&T, SRP, Delta, IBM, Plenary Group, The Walt Disney Company, California Water Association, and support the NBBP. You can also check out the replay of the Facebook Live Awards Ceremony on the WBEC-West Facebook page.

If you would like more information on the National Black Business Pitch Competition (NBBP) or WBEC-West, you can email [email protected].

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