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Our Team.

A Legacy of Hope Inc. is a group of passionate women that are committed to making a difference in their communities. This dynamic group of women spend their time, talent and financial resources to ensure that the underserved population in our communities are not forgotten. 

Tonya M. Handford, MA - Founder/Executive Director

Melisa Madden, Team Member

Latasha Millier-Oliver, Team Member

Kenya Heath, Board Secretary

Whitney Ezell, Board Member/Program Coordinator

Nykesha Scales, Program Director

Teresita Rogers, Team member

Vatai Smith, Team member

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 Our Programs

A Legacy of Hope is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our local communities' biggest challenges. We ensure that individuals in underserved communities are empowered by creating programs that will enhance their lives. 


With our organization's mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Homeless Outreach is something that we take very seriously, and our team partners with a local women's shelter where we teach monthly life skills classes and we also host bi-monthly outreach efforts where we provide toiletries, blankets and snack to those experiencing homelessness. 


Sponsor families for Thanksgiving and Christmas

During the holidays, underserved communities many times focus on meeting the basic needs. Our goal with this initiative is to help to lighten the burden and ensure that families in need are able to also enjoy holidays with their families without the worry and to allow them to celebrate and build memories as a family. 



With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for families in need and leave no child behind.  With access to the right resources, families can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. We assist parents in preparing their children for the school year by providing needed school supplies for children to succeed.  School supplies are distributed to Title 1 schools for families in need. 


Our goal is to ensure that every child and their parent/guardian have a coat for the winter months.  We have an annual coat drive to assist parents with keeping their children and themselves warm during the winter months. Coats are distributed to Title 1 schools for families in need. 


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In line with our mission, Breaking Boundaries mentoring program focuses on inspiring teenage girls between the ages of 13-16 years in communities that are at-risk for entering the juvenile court system, having difficulty at home or school and has difficulty making positive decisions.

Breaking Boundaries
Participant/Mentee Application

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"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness"

-Desmond Tutu


to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

Tonya M. Handford, MA

 Founder/Executive Director

A Legacy of Hope Inc.

P.O. Box 173

Jamestown NC 27282


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