We are so happy to have our very first visual story complete just in time for the Fall! Our honored guest is none other than Houston's own philanthropist, entrepreneur, and creative, Ms. Chelsea Coffey. She let us into the fold to highlight her intimately in our story titled "Risers". Check out the photos and her interview below....
Give a glimpse into what your daily schedule is like.
This question almost gives me as much pause as when I get asked what I do for living. Being an entrepreneur is a tricky discipline because I have to build work hours into my week. Most every day starts out between 6:30 and 7am with time of prayer and meditation followed up by getting ready to either start working on my online store, The Coffey Shop, head out to a meeting or the office.
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of denying oneself and getting up early! Can you delve more into that topic?
I love that you ask that. When I was younger, I relished being able to sleep in. Now that I'm older, there's something so special to me about the quiet time I have with God early in the morning. It's this little sacred window to set the tone of my day before emails, texts and calls start coming in, and I can totally tell the difference from day to day when I don't take the time to find my center and get off on the right foot.
Tell us what Mia’s Closet is and how it came to fruition.
Mia's Closet is my nonprofit, my baby, my passion project. I simply love the work we do. Every quarter, we hosts events for guys and girls kindergarten to 12th grade in underserved communities. At our events, each kid get a personal stylist who helps them shop through donations of new and gently used clothing, and they get to take all of their finds home with them for free. We've been doing it for four years now, and it's such a blessing that I can barely remember the time before Mia's Closet.
I was employed by a chemical distribution company, and working on my masters when I came up with the idea. I had reached a point where I recognized an emptiness and wasn't sure where it was coming from, so I figured giving back could possibly be the answer. I was totally right, and God has just blown me a away with the success of the organization. It's crazy, and I'm so thankful.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a non-profit?
Just start. Start giving back. Tell your friends. The right ones will get it, and dive in with the craziest sense of dedication. It's going to blow your mind... So get your chit together. Find an attorney or CPA who can help you apply for 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS as soon as possible. This will allow you to offer a tax deduction form to donors. They'll want to know if you're tax exempt, trust me. That status creates all sorts of opportunities.
Also, research. Research. Research. Research. A nonprofit is still a business, and needs to be respected as such. Identify the things you're good at, and not so good at. Ask questions, and build a team of people who can supplement your shortcomings. Otherwise you might find yourself banging your head against the wall, and that'll slow you down.
What do you think is the main factor that has attributed to your success?
Man, the list... Prayer. The best friends ever. The most supportive parents that I could have possibly asked for, and clarity. I really feel like the vision for Mia's Closet is a gift from God for me to give back in a way that was uniquely destined just for me. I honor that calling wholeheartedly
Have you ever thought about expanding Mia’s Closet to a international platform?
Yes! lol That was the original intent. To go wherever we're called, whether it be domestic or otherwise.
What is your definition of a composer? Do you feel as if you are one in your own right?
Hmm. I'd define a composer as someone who walks in the truth of their vision. They see something so clear in their mind that they just know they have to create it. Simple as that. A composer is the visionary who executes. So ya, as long as I'm bringing my visions to life I'd like to think I'm a composer.
photos by: Deun Ivory
Wanna get involved? Mia's Closet is always recruiting for new volunteers!!!
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