National and Local Women to be Honored at the Annual Women Outreach Ministries Award Celebration

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Women Outreach Ministries Founder Dana D AndersonCourtesy of Dana D Anderson

Cuyahoga County, OH. - National and Local Women will be honored by the Women Outreach Ministries. During their annual award celebratory, the organization recognizes women who have excelled in their careers, aided the community, and empowered others to do the same. Dana D. Anderson, Founder, and Executive Director, tell us that we have to lift each other up to thrive and survive. "There are so many women doing great things, from being a stay-at-home mom to running a major corporation and being involved in the community. Women evolve, and sisters should elevate sisters. No matter how big or small, I believe women should be acknowledged and recognized for their daily contributions to society," stated Anderson.

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the "Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award Ceremony" at the Ellenwood Center in Bedford, OH, will be held at the Ellenwood Center. The organization will be honoring twelve women, including; Baltimore's Shontel Greene, Rasa Drane, Archelle Bloodworth, and Dr. Cherrica Davis.

Dr. Shontel Greene:
Shontel GreeneCourtesy of Shonte Greene Collection

According to the website, "Shontel Greene was born and raised in the streets of West Baltimore; Shontel Adams (Greene) lived in the underground world of crime. In the late 80s, when the crack epidemic was spreading like wildfire up and down the East Coast, Shontel had a parent who was addicted to the very thing that was tearing the streets of Baltimore apart; she became a full-time hustler with the perks of a high-dollar lifestyle. Greene earned her Master of Science in Chemistry from Frostburg State University. In the Fall of 2016, she received her Doctoral Degree. She owns multiple properties. Greens are also actively delegating to over 40 assisted living facilities and climbing.

Known as a "Boss Chick," Shontel is a registered nurse.

Ms. Rasa Drane:
Rasa DraneCourtesy of Rasa Drane

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rasa Drane grew up in the Cleveland Lee/Harvard neighborhood. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Employed with a private school, Dranes exposes young people to innovative opportunities. "Our young people need access to opportunities," says Drane. Drane describes herself as a risk-taker and "jumper." She tells young people that it is okay to fail. "Failure is never permanent. We are grounded in grace at every moment. When you fail, you get the opportunity to do it better." Rasa Drane continues, "I always tell my students to do it big, do it scared, and do it now."

Archelle Bloodworth:
Archelle BloodworthCourtesy of Archelle Bloodworth

A Breast Cancer survivor, Archelle Bloodworth, was diagnosed in 2021 during Mother's day weekend. "I understand my purpose in life. Life is like a marathon. It's not how you start but how your finish the race. I am determined to finish strong," stated Bloodworth.

Like Greene and Drane, Bloodworth is honored during the "Excellence" Award Ceremony. She is a Human Resource Director by trade. Also, she authored the book "Run the Race and Finish Strong." The book is motivational and inspirational, asking, "will you allow life to shake you or break you?" Bloodworth explains that her grandmother, Lula Hayes from Alabama, was very instrumental. "Grandma taught me how to deal with adversity at a young age. She would say, no matter what it looks like, keep going. I have and will continue to be strong, bold, and courageous. This message must resonate with everyone," said Bloodworth.

The Annual Women Outreach Awards Celebration exemplifies the attributes of women. "We believe in honoring women. We as women, need to be encouraged and uplifted always," commented Anderson

The Women Outreach Ministries, founded in November 2009, is to help women through various transitions of life by providing training, information, counseling, life skills development, and outreach services, having avenues to help enrich and restore women's lives.

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