Chandra Deal is the Founder of Warm Hearts & Homes and CEO of Lucid Brand MediaWarm. Hearts & Homes is a 501c3 nonprofit that helps homeless families with furniture, decor and home essentials. Lucid Brand Media is a multifaceted business consulting firm that specializes in brand innovation, business development, and strategic communications.
How did you determine what you were passionate about?
Over the years, I discovered my true passion. I was certain that I was going to be a celebrity publicist to A-list talent but, God had other plans. I am a person who loves to see people win, so a lot of my passion comes from developing people into winners, whether professionally or socially. It wasn't until January 2015 that I realized my true purpose was to serve people. I remember this scripture came to me often, "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." It hit me, success comes when you serve, dont chase the idea of being wealthy, work for God and he will repay you. It was then that I decided for my new year resolution to help the homeless and not focus on myself. At this point in my life, I am passionate about being a community leader and human service advocate, especially for the homeless community.
What challenges have you overcome to pursue your dreams?
My most biggest challenges that I had to overcome were fear and perception. Fear of not being accepted and being concerned with how people see me. Both of those are the most detrimental qualities to possess. Today, I stand firmly in my confidence and my abilities.
How do you stay focused and productive in your area of passion?
Each day I a reminded that there is a community of people who need me to advocate and serve on their behalf. Sometimes I get discouraged, other times I am tired and feel defeated, but I know that God will provide me the tools and the resources to work on this behalf. Also, the testimonies that comes back from the families I help makes me realize the I am truly walking in my purpose. Every day I am constantly putting in work to serve, create awareness and develop Warm Hearts & Homes.