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Rachel R. Jackson-Bramwell - Belle, IL

Submitted by Carmen Jackson - Shiloh, IL

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Rachel is a Phenomenal Woman and I want the world to see that not matter what happens to you in life God can use you.

Rachel founded Project Compassion, NFP (PC-NFP) at just 25 years old. Over the last 7 ½ years PC-NFP has assisted over 42,000 homeless, disadvantaged and low-income men, women and children with food, shelter referral, seasonal supplies, hygiene items, Life Skills workshops and Vocational Training.

Rachel has received national attention for her work including being featured on the Tyra Banks Show (February 2006) receiving the Secret Deodorant Strong Enough for a Woman Award. In June 2008 Rachel was awarded the Powerful Difference Award byABC Radio & Pine Sol and was featured in the June 2008 issue of Ebony Magazine. Rachel was featured in Black Professional Women (2011) and was honored as a Racial Harmony Phenomenal Woman (2011).  Rachel and Project Compassion were honored by United Way at the Volunteer Honors Banquet (April 2013). In addition, PC-NFP has been recognized in local newspapers and TV shows and was honored by Top Ladies of Distinction for its community service.

Having received $10,000 to start her own business as part of the award from Ms. Tyra Banks the following year (2007) Rachel opened Renata’s Consulting, in part, an image consulting boutique and fundraising arm for PC-NFP. In 2011 Rachel opened the Compassionate Resource Center in Belleville, IL. The Center offers classes and training to young women ages 16-25 and youth in grades K-12 that prepares them for successful outcomes through discovering their own true potential.  PC-NFP will eventually open a transitional facility to assist homeless women regain stability through life skills, workforce development and spiritual guidance.  

PC-NFP has strengthened the St. Louis metro community changing one person at a time without any federal or state funding. Largely, funding has been secured through grant donations and individual philanthropic deeds.

As a consultant, Rachel shares her expertise in nonprofit planning and programming and small business development. With 7 years of experience as a business owner Rachel assists retailers, churches, non-profit agencies and entrepreneurs with creative programming for their constituents as well as operational advising.

Rachel has launched the first Self-Esteem & Self-Worth program, Empower Me in St. Clair County working with one of the largest district high schools to inspire girls building beauty from the inside first.  

Rachel serves as a committee for the St. Clair County Hope Initiative, Homeless Action Counsel, Racial Harmony Board of Directors, and St. Clair County Youth Coalition.

Rachel has been married for 8 years to Agustin Bramwell. Together they have 5 children, including a very special baby left at Rachel’s home.

Rachelholds a B.S in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in Belleville; she is also a Certified Master Trainer in Life Skills, Self-Esteem, and Workforce Development. Rachel is a 2016 Candidate for a M.A in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University.

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.

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