Educate, Empower, Evolve.

ABOUT US

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MISSION STATEMENT

Joshua’s Hand empowers individuals, families and businesses to transcend hardships and create positive opportunities through socioeconomic programming and initiatives, creating communities worth coming home to.


VISION STATEMENT

All sectors of the community will rise together, creating revived, premier destinations for residents and businesses. Individuals will be equipped and motivated to realize their fullest potential, contributing to a prosperous community.


HISTORY

Prophet Walker founded Joshua’s Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 2000, and as a result of witnessing his community members struggle to overcome life’s challenges, he leveraged his ministry to have wider impact. In 2013, he founded Joshua’s Hand with the intent to provide diverse programming that would help individuals create communities worth coming home to. Joshua’s Hand received its 501(c)3 designation in 2015.


STAFF

CEDRIC LEE WALKER, SR.

Founder and CEO

Prophet Walker leads the Joshua’s Hand team and serves as the Senior Pastor for Joshua’s Temple Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Southside High School graduate, and received his Bachelors degree in Religious Education from Arkansas Institute of Biblical Studies. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College.

Prophet Walker’s deep commitment to his community began in the church and has stemmed into countless community development efforts. He volunteers his time, talent and temple through board service.

 

JANIECE ELAINE NORFLEET

Chief Financial Officer

Janiece manages all things programming at Joshua’s Hand—from housing services, to case management, to educational programs. She graduated with honors in accounting from Howard University. She is an alumnus of Upward Bound, AmeriCorps and Howard University, and has been an active volunteer for organizations such as National HBCU Alumni Association, National Council of Negro Women, First Baptist Church of Glenarden Disabilities Committee, Help the Homeless and more. Janice is also CEO of Union Baptist Church Federal Credit Union.

 

YUSANDA BLACKMON

Director of Community Engagement

Yusanda joined Joshua’s Hand as the Program Director of Joshua LEADS in summer 2015 and began her role as Director of Community Engagement in summer 2017. She cultivates community partnerships and develops resources that enable us to fulfill our mission. Yusanda earned a BA in Management from Trine University, an AS in Hospitality Administration/Event Management from Ivy Tech Community College and a ministry ordination from Ambassador Ministerial Association (Oceanside, CA).

 

NANCY M. WOOD

Administrative Assistant

Nancy provides administrative support to Joshua’s Hand staff members, serving as the primary office contact. She is heavily involved in all projects, providing technical and logistical support for meetings, conferences and workshops. Prior to her position with Joshua’s Hand, she was the administrative assistant to the senior pastor of Joshua’s Temple for nine years. Nancy is currently completing a BA in Business Management.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TUG PIERSON, BOARD CHAIR Realtor, Re/Max Broker

DAVE WALTERS, VICE CHAIR Spiritual Life Executive Pastor, Pine Hills Church

TIM SMITH, SECRETARY President, CEO Abundant Executive Living, LLC

DELOIS MCKINLEY ELDRIDGE Child Advocate and Counselor, FWCS

RIC ZEHR CEO, Belay Corp / Northeastern Group

KEVAN BIGGS CEO, Ideal Builders

NANCY WOOD Church Administrator, Joshua’s Temple Church

GWENDOLYN ADAMS Union Rep, VA Hospital

BENNY EDWARDS President, MLK Club Retiree, Fort Wayne Police Dept. & United States Air Force

DAVID BOYER Attorney, Boyer and Boyer


ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

SCOTT PFLUGHOOEFT CEO, Ashley Industrial Molding

DR. ALAN W. MCGEE MD Orthopedic Surgeon

CHRISTOPHE DESSAIGNE Senior Executive Manager of the Non-Profit Portfolio, Ambassador Enterprises

CLIFFORD CLARK Executive Director of Computer and Technology Services, Ivy Tech Community College


PARTNERS

1st Federal Bank

1st Source Bank

Able National Able Network

Adjure Freedom

Ambassador Enterprises

Blue Jacket

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne

Brightpoint

BWI

City of Fort Wayne

Comcast

Community Harvest Food Bank

Early Childhood Alliance

East Wayne Street Center

Energy System Network

Evolutions of Infinity

Euell Wilson Center/YMCA

Financial Education Services Credit Counseling

Fort Wayne Housing Authority

Fort Wayne Urban League

Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity

Healthier Moms and Babies

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority

Indiana Technical Institute

Indiana Wesleyan University

Ivy Tech Community College

Literacy Alliance

Mustard Seed Furniture Bank

National Urban League

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Pathfinder

Partners Worldwide

Promise Indiana

The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center

The Rescue Mission

Thrivent Financial

Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.

University of Saint Francis

Vincent Village

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne

YWCA Northeast Indiana

They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.
— Isaiah 61:4, 7
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