The mission of the New Direction Community Development Corporation is to prevent hunger for children and families, care for the homeless, educate students, and provide life essentials for those in need.
New Direction CDC seeks to be a beacon of hope for children and adults in the US and abroad. We strive to improve the quality of life through grass-roots program services, lasting community partnerships, and genuine love and care. We endeavor to provide meal programs, educational assistance, homeless transition, basic living necessities, and bulk food distribution.
We are honored to have more than 130 volunteers anxious to join our community efforts. Our volunteers are a fun-loving and caring group of compassionate people who tirelessly work to keep our organization running. They truly are experienced and find a way to get our services to the community regardless of any issues that arise!
New Direction Community Development Corporation knows hunger and suffering first hand!
Jerrell Beard, Sr. is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Direction CDC. Our Founder is compassionate about helping others and has served Tennessee for over twenty-five years. He has served in many community leadership roles, such as Board Member for United Way of West Tennessee, 2nd Vice President for NAACP of West Tennessee, and Board Advisor for Global Missions. He is a Doctorate of Education in Leadership student at Liberty University. He has accomplished a Masters of Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Divinity, and is a Certified Master Executive & Leadership Coach through John Mattone Global and Credentialed Coach Trainer. He also is Founder of Maximum Success Coahing, Founder of New Direction Church International and an established author of six titles including his lastest success book 21 Principles of Change. Visit www.jerrellbeard.com to learn more about his passion to help others succeed.
Dr. Latoya McBride is the Director of Program & Event Operations. Latoya carries a Ph.D. in Business from Capella University in Minnesota. Dr. Latoya McBride has an extensive background in Management and Operational Supervision. She also has many years of experience training executives, managers, and staff in operational logistics.
Dr. Yolanda Porter is a Program Volunteer.
Dr. Yolanda Porter carries an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership & Strategic Change from Lipscomb University in Tennessee. Dr. Yolanda Porter has served the communities of Tennessee for over a decade, providing for the needs of those least fortunate. Dr. Porter has also served in the Metro School system as a Teacher and Dean for nearly twenty years. She has extensive experience in program and project coordination, writing and developing curriculum, and behavioral management.
Ms. Quontesa Chambers is the New Direction CDC Administrative Asst. & Youth Engagement Coordinator. Quontesa Chambers is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from MTSU and carries a Bachelors's in Social Work from MTSU. She is currently the Assistant Director for YMCA (YCAP program). Quontesa is a young Entrepreneur who has an excellent business, communication, and presentation skills. She also serves as a Youth & Young Adult Minister at her church.