Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BOSS Member Spotlight: Parthenia Warford Richardson

BACKGROUND

Parthenia Warford Richardson, CEO/Founder of The Warford Foundation, a non-profit registered in the State of Maryland (501(3)c applied for) formed to assist military widows and single mothers financially in successfully completing nursing programs that will help them to contribute to society in an area of need while also increasing their sense of purpose and ability to become more self-sufficient.

Helping others that are less fortunate is something that she loves to do, so this foundation will assist military widows and single mothers have the opportunity to get a degree to become a registered nurse. Her heart is with single mothers because she was one raising her two daughters while in the US Army. It is important for single mothers to understand mistakes happen but it is what you do to recover from that mistake can affect the rest of your life.  That's why she believes The Warford Foundation is a step in the right direction when unfortunate mistakes are made; Parthenia plans to give them a second chance without judging them.

MISSION

To expand the opportunities of single mother and military widow families by increasing self sufficiency through scholastic growth and achievement. We intend to reach out to the military widows that lost their loved ones due to the current war; as well as other single mothers.

VISION

Our vision is to help these single mothers and widows-who are often forgotten about after the funerals and other military rituals-as well as other single mothers who also are in need of financial assistance to obtain an associate's degree to become a registered nurse. The proceeds of various events will go directly toward Project Impact Scholars fund established to assist with our efforts to help single mothers and military widows. Our founder, as a retired US Army soldier, is familiar with the plight of the military spouse. The impact of having a spouse serving their country fighting this Nation's war one day and being told the next day that you are now a widow with kids and no skills can be devastating.

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