"In places like Johannesburg, South Africa—beyond the exquisite architecture—I saw the faces of starving children, only a stone’s throw away. As I dined hardily, I could hear the echo of small voices begging for coins, for crumbs, for fruit, for care. All my life I've heard 'their calling'—to combine my fascination for exploring the world and helping others."
The benevolent core of Joie Rasberry Enterprises is “soul work"—the philanthropic arm that is controlled by the heartstrings of speaker Joie Rasberry. She believes that there’s a moral obligation to “give back” and has compassionately donated an inestimable amount of uncompensated time, ideas, speaking and writing services to others during her long career.
“Find a mission you are passionate about, and the internal rewards of investing time and talents that benefit humanity will exceed monetary payment," stresses Joie. For her, that mission is homeless and abandoned adolescent and teen girls as well as those who age out of the foster care system and have no where to go . As a traveling speaker and writer, she has had firsthand experience that has heightened her opportunity to give.
Rasberry believes firmly in the Power of One—that you do not have to be a part of a charitable organization in order to give back. She has often worked tirelessly, without pay, on behalf of a forgotten population.
Rasberry’s enthusiasm and advocacy for the well-being of children around the world has its source in her own childhood on her grandparents' homestead in rural East Texas.
Decades later, the universe—with all of its magic and unbridled opportunity— allowed Rasberry to blossom into a speaker and writer who has visited some amazing places in the world, meeting all of God's creation. She discovered that there was no “safe haven” at Motsoaledi Squatter Camp in Soweto, South Africa, where many residents live in tin shacks without running water, electricity or a toilet. “In a compound of dirt paths and ramshackle one-room huts, small, hungry children reached out their tiny hands to us.”