Randy Brown Sr. is a retired, disabled veteran that served in the United States Army from 1973-1976. He is married and the father of five children. After becoming disabled from serving in the military, Randy spent most of his life in Peoria, Illinois, where he held a position with the Salvation Army in helping people in need.
Randy has a passion for helping people and it was there that he began working with teens and created a Teen Intervention Program. Randy was responsible for the changing the lives of many of the teens in Illinois lives by working with them through this project.
Randy has a heart of gold when it comes to helping disadvantaged men, women and children. He has cooked numerous hot meals on holidays with the help of his wife Lorri and have fed hundreds of homeless individuals living under the bridges in downtown Atlanta. Randy has owned a few businesses in the past, a daycare center and a printing shop.
Currently, he is passionate more than ever in helping families in need as well as homeless veterans. Randy and his wife have taken on a new project which will involve helping kids within the Atlanta area, getting them involved in activities to keep their minds not only occupied, but to help them discover their God given talents. Randy and his wife Lorri are also getting involved with the criminal justice reform and incarcerated individuals.
Lorri Brown is the founder of The Calvin Stennis CDC Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Buford, Georgia. Born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, Lorri quickly learned leadership roles by watching closely through history changing moments led by her father, Calvin Stennis Jr. and two of her sisters, Patricia Ann Stennis Campbell and Carol Jean Johnson.
In 2004, Lorri and her husband Randy owned and operated “Strictly Business Cleaning Service.” For three years, the two of them were passionately serving communities while at the same time getting in position for their predestined destiny.
Lorri realized helping people was the center core of her heart and found herself often feeling “Who can I help build up?” “How can I help improve somebody’s life?” Lorri’s driving passion of helping the masses, the unfortunate, the homeless, the incarcerated, is what led to her begin their nonprofit in 2011 in memory of her father.
The Calvin Stennis CDC Inc, provides food, furniture and clothing to families in need, assist veterans with housing, and feeding the many homeless men, women and children downtown Atlanta under bridges. The newest program the nonprofit called “Opening Options Reentry”. Opening Options Reentry aim to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders find stable employment and housing, as well as help incarcerated families with children for Christmas and back to school supplies.
Within a couple of years, word spreaded quickly of this “duo” team kindness when they were spotted weekly taking truck loads of prepared hot meals, personal hygiene and clothing for homeless men, women and children, living on the street. In 2013, the Georgia Secretary of State recognized the nonprofit and acknowledged them as an “Outstanding Nonprofit”. They were also awarded again in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
They can not take the credit alone, without the sponsors of such businesses as Wal-Mart, Catherine’s, Men’s Warehouse, The Disney Store, Sam’s Club, Costco, Publix, Store Smart Self Storage, CRN, One Warm Coat, Pep Boys, Atlanta Food Bank, Restaurant Depot, Home Depot, Lowes, GMC Jim Ellis, Holiday Inn Express, Wayne’s Farm, Marriott Hotel, Wingate Hotel, K&G, Food Depot, Steam Cigs, Good 360, Gratitude with Attitude, M&M Strategies, Filet O Chicken, Jackson EMC, Reserve@Ivy Creek, Dakota Mill Creek, Kinko’s Fed EX, Summer Park, Highlands@Gwinnett Stadium, Carousel Daycare, Legacy Academy Daycare, Sweetwater Apts, Salvation Army and U-Haul, their success stories would not be as great as they are, it takes a team of community supporters to make a nonprofit a success, states Mrs. Brown, which has inspired them to take a broader stand and begin helping ex-offenders restart their lives in a positive way returning back to into our communities.
In 2015 and 2016, the nonprofit was voted Top 100 nonprofits at “Great Nonprofits”. Lorri’s leadership skills have been recognized also by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and numerous business organizations.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ―