Exodus, Inc. Mission
Exodus, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that is dedicated and committed to bringing about awareness campaigns, education, hosting drives and helping victims on contact who have been broken and shattered by domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape, incest, FGM, bullying, stalking and teenage dating violence in our communities.
Exodus, Inc. Facts
Exodus, Inc. conceived in (2002) started in 2004, Christmas 2007, with the help of FOX 17 News Exodus, Inc. raised more than ( new donated) 10,000 toys in less than 24 hours for victims of abuse and their children. And has been interviewed a total of 8 times by FOX 17 News. In 2008 and 2009 combined more than 8 tons of food were donated to 22 programs that served abused children, women (the agency partnered with Starbucks and Panera Bread’s food donation program for 2 years recipients included Mercy Ministries, Morning Star Sanctuary, The Hope Center for homeless women, (The YW their agency wrote us a letter stating we cut their food bill in half for the year) and many others. 2004-2013 Exodus, has partnered with Dillard’s, Belk’s and Walmart’s Stores in middle TN. and has raised over 500 brand new and donated bras and panties yearly for women who are victims of abuse. From 2004 to 2013 Exodus, Inc. has raised well over 100,000 pieces of clothing for battered women and children through Starbucks Inc. and Staples stores.
Exodus Means describing one of the paintings Shirley Marie Johnson created and why the charity was named “Exodus” This beautifully handcrafted portrait Entitled: The Exodus, looks like a maze or a very difficult situation to overcome, get out of, to move beyond or to triumph over or from. Yet in Greek, The word Exodus embodies that there is a path-way out.The word Exodus further more means ex-out and the Hebrew word is exothados. Exodus, the word in biblical context was the deliverance from or the act of fleeing or escaping harsh or unjust physical, financial, psychological, sexual, verbal and/or mental hardships and cruelties. A group of people in the scriptures were an example of this who had suffered 400 years of bondage, oppression, slavery and inhumane object abuse. This was a pivotal moment in time in the lives of the Israelis. Theologians, historians and commentaries alike all have penned again and again as this signifying the strength of God and a will, the resiliency and a deep faith down within to be able to come out of what is the greatest affliction, tribulation or crucible periods in any group or individuals life.
According to KJ Cronia, the book of Exodus is the exiting out of something destructive, the word “Egypt” in itself is symbolic to darkness, doom and death that it is an experience that is so dire, daunting and devastating that it forcibly drives one with hope, towards light, liberty, and life which symbolizes “The Promised Land”. The Exodus, is universally recognized as being amongst the greatest of challenges, journey’s and victories any one of us can endure, endeavor and conquer.
Exodus is coming out of something so painful, to finding and arriving at a place of peace, to where anything is possible, to walking in your promise, to finding your OWN POWER! The Artist and Writer: Founder, and CEO of Exodus, Inc. Shirley Marie Johnson overcame Abuse, Foster Care, Bullying, Learning Disabilities, Eating Disorders, Addictions, Homelessness and Depression through the Almighty grace of God.This portrait is on the wall of the corporate headquarters of the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence in D.C. (July 2012).Copyright ©. 2012 Shirley Marie Johnson
About the Founder of Exodus, Shirley Marie Johnson, B.A., C.S.T., C.N.V.A., I.H.R.A., M.A & Ph.D (c).
Ms. Johnson was awarded a full scholarship to study opera at Vanderbilt University (The Myra Jackson-Blair School of Music) A child music prodigy at the age of 16 (First black person to be admitted), (She has also been accepted in or won scholarships to Ivy League schools such as Liverpool in England, Harvard and Oxford and has letters to attest to it.) Hosted a hit radio show for four years with over 400 stories from survivors of abuse, guests included Jim Baker’s new wife Lori Baker, Thelma Wells of Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women and many, many more. Won a scholarship to study at the Gandhi Institute in NY. Graduated from a HBCU, Cum Laude', and Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges from The American Baptist College and Theological Seminary, where Shirley Marie also won the President’s highest honor, named after the first 2 Presidents of the school, “The Garnett and Nabritt Outstanding Leadership Award” (she was the first female to win this award in the school’s almost 100 year history)1997.
Invited to the White House along with hundreds of other Human Rights Activists, Lectured at Vanderbilt University to 75 doctors in attendance on “Child Human Trafficking”, Speaker at the NOVA National Convention on Child Abuse 101., Ambassador at the APA National Convention 2 years in a row, in Orlando FL. and Honolulu, Hawaii (2012 and 2013) APAGS Division. In 2014 (She will serve in Washington, DC. And in 2015 she will serve in Canada as an Ambassador.) Her story of abuse was recorded by Story-Corps, NPR and NPL and is in digital format and was placed, upon Ms. Johnson's permission, in the Library of Congress and the new African American History Cultural Museum at the Smithsonian Institute Museum, opening in 2015, in Washington, DC