Home Depot's Michelle Livingstone Joins Rainbow Village Board of Directors
Nonprofit Dedicated to Breaking the Cycles of Homelessness, Poverty and Domestic Violence to Benefit from Newest Board Member's Experience with Atlanta Children's Shelter
By: Rainbow Village
"The nonprofit community is fairly close-knit and when a friend of mine discovered Rainbow Village, she spoke so highly of its mission and leadership team that I couldn't wait to learn more," recalled Livingstone. "I went on a tour of the campus and was impressed by the organization and the folks behind it. I really like the housing component and the breadth and depth of resources available, as well as the time they provide their program participants to find their way back to self-sufficiency. Up to two years, if needed."
During her time at Atlanta Children's Shelter, Livingstone witnessed firsthand that homelessness can happen to anyone. "Everyone has a story," she added. "They just need someone to listen. They just need a hand up. I believe it's our duty to help them get back on their feet. Giving back has always been important to me personally, but it's also one of Home Depot's core values. I love the idea of helping other women feel successful, so Rainbow Village is a good match for me all the way around."
Livingstone believes Rainbow Village's success over the last 29 years can be attributed to making homeless families feel like they're part of a community that cares. She feels that's the best way to break the cycles and help them become self-sufficient. She is also impressed by the resources Rainbow Village provides to its residents – including transitional housing, childcare, training and development, life skills classes and more.
"We're truly thrilled to welcome Michelle to the board of Rainbow Village," said Melanie Conner, the nonprofit's CEO. "She has found great success in her own life and is a true powerhouse in inspiring others to rise to their own levels of success. I know she will bring amazing ideas and equally amazing energy to our board room at every meeting."
A veteran with Home Depot for more than 12 years, Livingstone enjoys attracting other women to the supply chain industry. Along with her husband Bob, Livingstone takes pride in the servant's heart displayed by her daughter, Amanda, who works with the White Ribbon Alliance in Washington D.C.
To learn more about Rainbow Village, visit www.rainbowvillage.org.