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Meet Teniecka Drake of Loving Arm For Families (LAFF)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teniecka Drake.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
LAFF started as a result of Domestic Violence I encountered. During this time period of working towards starting it. I came across Veterans who shared some of my same challenges, I wanted to help. The VA and other Military organizations did not have something like this for Veteran families.

Where I am today is still a journey. I am still working with others to help bring this to pass. It is not easy bringing this together. It truly requires a lot of help. Which I am very blessed that I am getting.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not by any means been smooth. Some of the challenges were and still are dealing with my personal life while pushing through. Having children and two that have special needs is a challenge in itself. There have been times when I just did not know what to do. I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I did not because the vision was too huge. I know I believe in it!!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
LAFF aims to help Veterans cope by utilizing art therapy when it comes to trauma and abuse. One of the goals is to have the art therapy create a business for Veterans and their families. This will, of course, give that person a way to bring income into their family.

At the same time, allowing the Veteran not to have to go back to their abuser. What I am most proud of is giving a voice to those who otherwise do not have one.

One of the things that sets us apart is the niche group that will be utilizing services. LAFF does not only want to help Veterans touched by DV. This organization also provide resources for those that have children with Autism.

What were you like growing up?
I loved crafting in creating things as a young child. I always tried to create something. Even in my teen years, I remember making a poster board that had a diagram about a business.

It was shown to me from a very early age by my Mother who had some businesses she started up. From that point, I knew I liked the idea of owning and creating my own business.


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