My name is Melissa Toney and I am the President and Founder of Serving With A Purpose. Becoming a single mom at 19 set me up for a road ahead of many things that would forever change my life. Even though there were many pitfalls and challenges of raising a child on my own GOD blessed me with a AMAZING family and a support system that would help me raise my daughter and I'm so grateful for that. That is what inspired me to create an organization to be that love and support for other single moms and kids all over the world. As time progressed that desire grew to help not just single moms but families as a whole. Being in education I quickly begin to realize how big needs are of students and their families. Expanding to serve so many more was my true heart's desire. I want EVERY family to know they too can overcome anything they face with a village of love and support every step of the way.
Barbara Andrews has been a FAITHFUL volunteer of Serving With A Purpose since 2015. She sacrifices her time consistently to make sure our families have the things and support they need. Mrs. Barbara has served most as our Lead Volunteer and Coordinator for all fundraising events which includes AT&T Stadium. She loves God and has a heart to love and serve his people! She is a blessing sent by God himself. She has many jobs and is very hardworking but no matter what makes time to SERVE WITH PURPOSE!! She has been Volunteer of the year 3 years in a row. Mrs. Barbara is also a wife, mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her and her husband are also the Pastor and 1st Lady of Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.
Mrs. Janice Broughton is a servant at heart. She has served with Serving With A Purpose faithfully for the last 3 years. Ms. Janice not only serves for our organization she also serves in her church and in the lives of many people that she meets day to day. She is a mother of 3 in which she also adopted and raised. Her passion to step in and help others is evident in all that she does. She also volunteers at AT&T stadium where she helps fundraise money to support the families we serve along with the needs of the organization. We are blessed to have her and appreciate all her hard work and dedication to Christ and serving his people.
Michelle Steen has served on the board of Serving With A Purpose since 2011. She serves as the community outreach liaison. She also has served in helping fundraise and meet goals of impact for our families. Michelle is a wife, mother of four, two boys and two girls. She works full time for UTA in their financial aid department. She is a advocate for helping others and servanthood. In watching her life it is evident of her commitment to God, her family and Serving With A Purpose.
Tamra Hodges serves on the board of Serving With A Purpose since 2015 as our financial advisor and treasurer. She comes with over 15 years of experience in finance. She currently works for one of the top accounting firms in the world, EY. Her passion and education in finance and budgets helps ensure we are doing and making the right decisions to help the families we service. Tamra is a mother to a 16 year of daughter. Her love for the lord and desire to see companies and organization thrive financially is what fuels her passion and desire to serve others professionally.
Dede Toney has served on the board of Serving With A Purpose since 2011. Although she has served as our board as our secretary a great partnership was also developed. Her business MultiAcademic Programs (M.A.P.S.) serves as the academic partnership in helping our families. They teach literacy including other subjects. Dede Toney has been a teacher and educator for the last 30 years and specializes in Dyslexia. She retired in 2020 from DeSoto Independent School District. She still continues to teach and provide academic coaching to our families to ensure gaps and learning barriers are broken. Dede is a wife of 40 years to Robert Toney Sr. and has 4 adult children. Her love and passion for helping others and teaching has been a blessing to Serving With A Purpose and we are so glad to have her serve as a partner with our organization.