26 minutes | Jan 22, 2021

Bridging racial divides at The House DC

LaWonda Bornstein and Regina Williams joined us to share how  The House DC has been breaking cycles of poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and unemployment by providing at-risk youth in Anacostia with comprehensive services to help them establish healthy and sustainable futures. La Wonda Bornstein is a highly recognized leader and dedicated professional committed to building relationships across diverse cultures to eliminate racial divide.Her passion stems from personal experience as an African American who grew up in a unique environment of diversity.  As a child, La Wonda’s family, which includes her five brothers, integrated the largest Christian schools in the Washington, DC area.  She belonged to several churches where the parishioners where either all black or all white. She learned early-on, the importance and value of bringing people together.  La Wonda has held workshops on:  Crossing the Cultural Divide, A High Performing Team, and Understanding Personality Types. For the past 19 years, La Wonda has played key roles in supporting and promoting the message and vision of The House DC, a nonprofit organization focused on providing quality of life to inner-city youth and young adults.  She is President and Chief Executive Officer at The House DC, and a veteran of the non-profit industry with more than 20 years of program management, operations, fundraising, financial, and staff leadership experience.  LaWonda was born and raised in the DC area. She has one son, and two grandsons that she adores.Regina Williams is a wife to Jamie and a mom to Katelyn.She was born and raised in the Washington, DC suburbs in a wonderful Christian home, and considers herself blessed to have known Jesus her whole life.She graduated with an accounting degree from Villanova University.She has run her own CPA firm, Regina Solis Williams, CPA, PC, since 1995. All of her clients are not-for-profits, and she is passionate about helping non-profits become or stay financially strong, so they can continue to benefit the community they are trying to serve.She has a heart for the precious people at The House DC and loves to serve any way she can in this fabulous ministry.She loves to travel, run, and spend time being a wife, mom, and gramma.
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