We had the good fortune of connecting with Amerylus Ann Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amerylus Ann, how does your business help the community?
Project43 was started after the death of Nipsey Hussle I started the business to continue the marathon in his name during the pandemic I decided not to close the doors we were just on the brink of getting the project off the ground but I pushed through and I’m so glad that I did during the pandemic Project43 fed over 2000 families. Though our vendors against hunger program local vendors giving $25.00 to help feed families. We provide backpacks filled with supplies for homeless community. We also work with expecting mothers with our giving Smiles program this provides everything a mother would need for her newborn. Also providing housing referrals employment referrals. We have a community garden in the coming months we will be in full operation with r Culinary Kitchen computer lab podcast center juice bar Center recording studio with a booth we will also be running a community office that can be rented for the day. We are so happy to be putting back in our community everything that was taken out we will be running our sports center which will be a basketball court skating ring movie theater and we also will have a stage. Project 43 is also creating a patio that can be rented for parties meetings or wedding receptions you name it this area is 90% finished.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For over 30 years that have been working in healthcare I’ve always had this type of job and I always felt that it was important to serve others project 43 started when Nipsey Hussle was killed and people were asking what are you going to do to run the marathon and I’m running this Marathon for Nipsey Hussle he was a good friend of my brothers and I wanted to make sure that I picked up the Baton and ran the next lap in his Marathon to bring something so wonderful and so beautiful to our Crenshaw District
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Would like to thank my king Darren Williams for sending me my inspirational texts every morning and tell me how proud of me he is