Plus is inspirational, motivational, self-help and esteem
building organization geared toward the holistic reconstruction of lives
touched by violence. Positive Plus helps individuals to realize
their God given abilities so they can rediscover themselves and become
whole again. through a series of workshops designed to help the women
recapture forgotten dreams and establish new visions.
Yvonne Pointer formed Positive Plus in 1985 as a direct result
of the tragic event that occurred in here life. This event made
Yvonne aware of the many children that are destroyed within their own
Yvonne sought help form her peers in resolving this issue. Yet, she
found that many of her peers also had endured tragedy, but were in need
of motivation and inspiration themselves. They too were overburdened
Group meetings and workshops were held in here home. Her door was open to
anyone whose life had been touched by violence. Today, Positive Plus has
grown to over 50 women. The group participates in many community activities.
The most important aspect is that many of the women have discovered
talents they never dreamed possible. For example, one member
designs a line of greeting cards and is now showing her work as various
shows. Another member is an actress that is now doing commercials. The
support of the group is essential to the well-being of members, and ultimately
the family and community. Positive Plus is funded by the United Black
Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc.
A new outreach effort Positive Plus members have embraced is the College Connection.
Four college students were selected for the membership to keep in contact
with during the school year. The contact could be through letters, calls,
visits or the dearly loved, care packages". The Students that have benefited
so far from this outreach are:
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, OH.
Central State University Wilberforce,
Morehouse University Atlanta, GA.
Central State University Wilberforce, OH.
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH.
This project has proved to be successful. The students as well as
their mothers have sent many letters of "thank you" to the
Positive Plus organization.
First Annual Awards Banquet
This year marked the First Annual Award
Banquet at the
Christmas Holiday celebration Honors where given: in Education,
The recipients where :
Yvonne Booker, Volunteerism,
Lorna Wisham, Professionalism
Celeste Terry, Education
Other Positive Plus members also went back to school,
and have achieved their degrees:
Congratulations we salute you...
you go girls!
Positive Plus has set their sights on
higher goals! Goals for 2005-2006:
Form pen pal relationships with inmates at
Marysville Correctional Institutes, the State of Ohio's only women's
Form a Vacation Club for travel (business, outreach
The Gloria Pointer
The Gloria Pointer Scholarship Philanthropic Fund
was established with the
United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Inc. in June, 2004. http://www.ubfogc.org
Fund was established
Build three schools in Ghana, West Africa.
Provide scholarships to youth members of the Gloria
Pointer teen movement or to student that have been orphan Ghana West
Africa so their can further or obtain an education .
Chicken Soup for the Soul
(Life After Death)