The name MY OPULENT PLACE came to Diana, Our Founder one day as an inspiration. In 2011, her eldest brother who is a Viet Nam Veteran was homeless. He relocated to Atlanta to live with her. He was taking anti-seizure medication and suffering from a tumor. He chose not to have it removed because there was high probability that he would be paralyzed or not live through this surgery.
Diana became his advocate by helping him get his Veterans benefits. She spoke with the VA Homeless Coordinators and learned about Veteran’s CRRC (Veteran’s Community Resource and Referral Center). She networked with community service organizations focused on preventing and ending homelessness for Veterans. These collaborations gave many Veterans access to more resources and empower them to become self-sufficient.
Diana has a daily Spiritual practice. Each day as she meditated, she got the urge to learn more about the homelessness in metro Atlanta. This ultimately led her to prepare 40 bag lunches per day. She drove around the city to remote areas, abandoned storefronts and houses to distribute the sandwiches and offer a word of encouragement. In doing this, she would ask the individuals if they were a Veteran; intuitively she knew they were by the way they responded. Her love, desire and hope to help these service men and women grew each time she prepared lunch for them.
Sitting in class while studying to become a Religious Science Licensed Practitioner, the words My Opulent Place came to her and she had no idea what it meant. Throughout the night, she kept thinking of My Opulent Place until she began to think of the homeless Veterans and how they deserve to live in opulence, empowerment, and be honored for their service to our country. This is our mission.