Empowering Thomazeau | Sofie's Story

Some of the responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Some of the responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Tell us about yourself.
I have worked for LiveBeyond since 2012. I am 54 years old.

What is your job at LiveBeyond?
I am in charge of cleaning the LiveBeyond guest house. When they [the Vanderpools] were building the guest house, I stopped Mama Laurie on the road and asked if I could do her laundry. That was my first job with LiveBeyond.

What is your favorite part about working for LiveBeyond?
I love everything about LiveBeyond. They feed me, they pay me good—I would be dead by now without LiveBeyond. I have power and am strong in my job—It makes me feel proud.

How has your job transformed your life?
I used to go from house to house looking for work. My family had no money. I couldn't feed my children or pay to send them to school. But now they all eat good, and my son, Kerby, can go to school and Kè Pou Timoun. If Kerby wasn’t in Kè Pou Timoun, I would have lost him by now. He's anemic, and LiveBeyond gives him the food that he needs. 

Before LiveBeyond, I wasn't married, but now, I am married and baptized. I wanted Dr. Vanderpool and Mama Laurie to start the LiveBeyond church, and now I have a church to go to. Mama Laurie loves it when I sing and worship in song.

How have you seen LiveBeyond impact your community?
LiveBeyond is like a mechanic—They find bad cars and repair everything. They are repairing Thomazeau and have done so much. Some people have children that could have been lost and not walking righteously, but LiveBeyond helps them and changes the lives of so many people.

Anything else that you'd like to share?
What LiveBeyond has done for me is only something that God could do.