We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlyn Parhm and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaitlyn, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success to me is providing enough opportunity, crucial change, and relief so that the need for my services dwindle away. I don’t want to make a profession out of my people’s problem. I want to help everyone indefinitely, because constantly working to survive is no way to live. A better way of life is possible, and we are deserving of it. We deserve to know love, peace, and abundance. Life isn’t about struggling or survival, but when you are born into an endless cycle of inequitable conditions that notion becomes difficult to perceive. Our people are not lazy, stupid, unqualified, or unskilled. They are simply trying to operate in a system that is inevitably failing them and the world. Success to me is creating opportunity, crucial change, and relief for my people that is perpetual. I want to do this so my people can start a new succession of operating in an environment that they have a better chance of living in. They deserve to exist in environments that nurture their future in an authentic way.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m proud of all the ways I got to create relief in my community, and for my people. I just want to help people. A ripple can start a wave. We got so far with our mission because help from others and because we wouldn’t give up even when faced with so many challenges. I feel that persistence and resilience are necessary for true growth. It was hard providing resources especially at times when I was struggling myself. Covid-19 was extremely difficulty, but with grace we still managed to stay afloat and help so many people. I’m so grateful for everything and everyone who helped us help others. I learned that as long as you do your best, and don’t give up you’re doing okay. Progress isn’t seen instantly it takes time, but you will never see change if you never start, and you will never know your potential if you quit. I want people to know my nonprofit and story are about love and that it fuels everything we do.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would tell them go to Sabrak Boutique for some bomb clothes. I would recommend that they go to Simply wholesome, Hot and cool cafe (for bomb vegan food, social interaction and cool events), Brolly Hut, or Bills Taco house. I would also tell them to stop by the Girl Cave LA if they need a black owned beauty supply. There’s also something called the Black Hair Experience, and it’s very cool.

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?
My family, friends, and community for supporting me and loving me on this journey of creating change. It has not been easy but my people are constantly considering me and uplifting me, and I’m forever grateful.

Website: www.inglewoodshelpinghands.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/inglewoodshelpinghands?igshid=1v95bm7mqid4n

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inglewoodshh

Image Credits
Justin ward @jward.18mm

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