Today we’d like to introduce you to Halim Ali.
Halim, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When it comes to my story, I must begin with my childhood. The third son of five, always being bullied so I was always fighting, constantly getting suspended from school. There was much and plenty that I did not understand so, therefore, I was a very inquisitive child. But throughout those fighting years, I ultimately developed a love for fighting which would eventually lead me into gang warfare and fighting the wrong fight. I didn’t expect, nor did I want to live to see 30 years old. I despised life and what’s worse, I despised myself. Crime after crime, fight after fight, felony after felony, I began to grow weary of always being in trouble. As I watched relationship after relationship decay, as I watched friends die or receive long term prison sentences, I began to realize that something was wrong with the way I was living and I wanted a change. I knew that, having exceeded my life expectancy, that either I surrender to change or die.
Throughout my journey, even in the streets, there were always remnants of spirituality, philanthropy, public speaking, event planning coordination and execution and several other skill sets that would ultimately lead to the conception of From The Heart Enterprises.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been anything and everything but a smooth road. I have suffered through the pangs of incarceration, addiction, homelessness, social injustice, gunshot in my chest, racially profiled, robbed at gunpoint, three divorces and even ostracized from my own family.
Tell us more about your business.
From The Heart, Enterprises was established for the sake of uplifting fallen humanity through purposeful programs and community events. We specialize in peer to peer mentoring, Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, after school enrichment programs and community activism. We are known for our Signature Programs, ie; Rags to Redemption- which is an annual coat and suit gifting event we started in January 2016 designed to gift suits and coats to men and women entering back into society from incarceration, rehabilitation, and recovery. We have gifted over 15000 coats and suits to date.
The Mile High Chess Club-Our 10 week Rights of Passage program specifically designed for young men and women of color and those considered at-risk between the ages of 8-18.
The Monthly Family Service Day-We are also very well known for our event “The Monthly Family Service Day” where we bring families, no matter how big or small, together on the last Sunday of each month and serve bowls of hot fresh homemade red beans and rice, cornbread or tortillas, a bottle of water and a hygiene pack which includes a comb, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and a pair of socks. To date, we have gifted over 20,000 hot meals to Denver Colorado’s population of misplaced residents.
What I am most proud of as a company is the comradery and support my family and I have built over the three years From The Heart has been in existence. What sets us apart is we do it FROM THE HEART!!!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Loyalty to my affiliates and allies, following up and consistency.
- Website: www.fromtheheartent.com
- Phone: 7203167761
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: Don Blas/From The Heart Ent