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Valerie Kelley-Bonner is the Founder and Director of Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Avoid Recidivism (SOOAR), a 501C3 nonprofit substance use prevention agency a licensed CAIT (Community, Change, Alternatives, Information and Training) providers by Michigan Department of Community Health Substance Abuse Prevention Section and prevention provider for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.
On the surface, she is an extremely accomplished professional who rose through the ranks in the fields of science, engineering, and information technology for over 20 years. But if you scratch the surface, you will discover that she is very passionate about social causes which prompted her to pursue her desire for social entrepreneurship. Inspired by her mentor, the late Reverend Sarah Anderson, in 2006 she founded Beacon Life Skills Coaching (now known as SOOAR), a 501C3 Nonprofit Prevention Agency, to collaborate with educational and community institutions to bring knowledge, information, and heightened awareness of issues and problems impacting community health, effective parenting, life skills, and community mobilization.
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Our team is committed to working with the commuity to make a difference.
Often called a Rain Maker and sometimes called a King Maker, Owen tells individuals that he meet that he has been in business for himself since he was 8. He is known as a People Person; he has never met a stranger and has great networking skills. A family man, he loves his children and only wants the best for them. This is one of the reasons that he gets out of bed in the morning. A man of faith, he knows that God is the head of his life. Blessed with having the knack of being able to see the end from the beginning,(Discernment) he has the gift and faith to believe in whatever he is doing will be successful. Owen is very creative and a team builder. He knows how to connect the dots or put people together to accomplish different goals for win-win results.
Owen has volunteered and helped others for many years. He is the founder of Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Development (AHAND) which God had put in his spirit in 1998 while as a Real Estate Investor; he was shown how he can help others by showing them how he became involved in Real Estate. Some of his past history has been in Sports and Entertainment, where he worked with Max Siegel (CEO of USA Track and Field, Max Siegel Inc. and Rev Racing team Drive for Diversity with NASCAR).
By implementing leadership strategies we encourage, enlighten, and empower low income and at-risk individuals, families, and communities stimulating positive personal change which leads to more productive lives.
She has an MBA and has worked in the fields of business, science, education, engineering, and information technology. She is a Certified Prevention Consultant (CPC-R) under the auspice of Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, a Certified Trainer of several evidence based prevention programs, and has several other certifications and different areas of expertise. She enjoyed volunteering her time for Kiwanis Club #1 of Detroit for 10 years, has enjoyed presiding over the Board of Directors of New Beginnings Charter School Academy in Ypsilanti Michigan for the past 16 years, and currently volunteers on the board of the Metro Detroit Charter Center. She cares passionately about social causes involving children, poverty alleviation, community development and mobilization and economic empowerment.
Owen has a heart and a passion for people; he has worked with the homeless population for almost 20 years. He volunteered at Voice of Calvary Ministries and was given the assignment as consultant to the President and Real Estate Developer for VOCM. Owen has been Director of the Outreach Department at More Than Conquerors Faith Church in Birmingham Alabama where he was involved in Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Street Ministry, Deacon and Intercessor. He explored new opportunities to work with the community as well. After leaving More Than Conquerors in Birmingham, he immediately united with Pilgrim Rest MB Church in Brandon Mississippi and began working. He often says, “I would rather wear out than rust out”. He was involved in the West Jackson Alliance, Partnership to End Homelessness, Business Roundtable meetings, SCORE, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, The Spencer Perkins Center and Homeless Connect.
Owen has served on different Boards as a Board Member. He held a position as a Board Member for Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), an organization that was started by the Indianapolis Justice Department, were he worked with Prosecutors and Law Enforcement. He served on the Board of Beginning Bridges Community Development Corporation. Owen is the Founder and Executive Director for Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Development (AHAND), Vice Chair for CPR Network in the 35211 working with and Mentoring ex-felons, Mentor for Joseph’s House Inc. a 501(c)3 Organization. He was recently appointed a precinct delegate.
SOOAR is an acronym for Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Avoid Recidivism. We are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and a licensed Community Awareness Information and Training (CAIT) Provider by the State of Michigan Department of Community Health Substance Abuse Division that provides substance abuse prevention, life skills coaching, and community mobilization services. We are a growing and dynamic community enrichment and learning center and we are proud of the many ways we bring meaning to communities and improve the quality of life for low income and at-risk individuals, and other families we serve. We welcome the opportunity for you to volunteer with us.