About us

Who we are

We are a team of change-makers who believe that every helping hand can build up a community, empower the individual, and create a better future for all.

Empower My Future provides families in the Metro Detroit area with Educational, Vocational, and Cultural programs through the Arts and Sciences. Our goal is to increasingly EMPOWER, ENRICH, ENLIGHTEN, ENGAGE, EDUCATE and PREPARE for future employment. We provide the opportunity to explore and gain skills in Arts, Web Design, Graphics, Media Production, Entrepreneurship, Computer Training, Health Awareness, and Law.

Our approach

Our Mission
Our mission is to make sure all people get all the support they need to EMPOWER, ENRICH, ENLIGHTEN, ENGAGE, EDUCATE, and PREPARE them for a brighter future.
Whether it is a reassuring conversation, financial help, education, professional training, or simply the assurance that they are not alone, we will make sure that everyone gets support that meets them where they’re at as quickly as possible.
Our Vision
We want to build a Detroit where no one feels alone and gets every possible help they need as soon as possible.

Our entire team wants to see a world where every person or family struggling in any way feels able to reach out and has people who’ll help them with education, jobs, and more. We want to spread out in every region so we’ll be reachable to all.

Team Members

Crisshara Allen

Founder

Crisshara Allen is the Founder, President and CEO of Empower My Future.  Established in 2009, her focus has always been to see a need and fulfill that need. Crisshara has an everlasting love for the community and aspirations to help all people regardless of financial or educational status to achieve goals to become better families, neighbors and communities.

Crisshara is an Associate Planner for the Detroit Area Agency on Aging where she assists in Program Development/Management.

Crisshara proudly serves beside her husband in ministry, teaching Children’s Sunday School,  heading the media department and assisting with couples coaching sessions.

Crisshara is a proud mother of 3 children. She loves to travel, shop and watch movies.

Douglas Monds

SECRETARY

Douglas Monds is an attorney with over thirty years of experience.  His primary areas of practice include small business assistance, real estate, and administrative law.  He has served as an Administrative Hearing Officer and Manager for the City of Detroit Department of Appeals and Hearings.  He currently heads Detroit Legal Associates, PC, in Detroit.     

 Doug recently earned recognition as a Distinguished Toastmaster through Toastmasters International.  He is a member of and past president of the Optimist Club of Central Detroit.  He is also an avid golfer and President of the Fellowship Golf Tour.

Nina Wheeler

Treasurer

Nina Wheeler is a Senior Project Manager in Information Technology for over 22 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science and has an active PMP certification. She currently works for Ford Motor Company, managing complex projects to implement solutions for Ford’s financial enterprise planning and remediation of obsolete technologies running in Ford’s data centers. Nina is also the sole owner and operator of two LLCs: As It Is Written, a book editing company and Cake-ology, specializing in various flavors of pound cakes.

Nina volunteers with several community outreach organizations, including Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents (SKIP), Woman’s Life Chapter 817, and Empower My Future. She is passionate about implementing solutions that will result in positive life change. 
 
Nina is a proud mother of 3 children and beloved nana of 11 ‘nanachildren’, as she affectionately calls them. She loves to read, bake, walk and travel, both at home and abroad.

Damon Allen

Board Member

Pastor Damon Jay Allen accepted the call to Christ in 1996 under the leadership of Pastor Willie F. Johnson. During this time, he fell in love with the gospel and found strength through worshipand service to the church. Pastor Damon rarely missed service whether it be choir rehearsal,bible study, or prayer. However, his favorite service was Sunday school, there Pastor Damon learned how to properly study the bible and was drawn to preach. In 2000 Pastor Damon felt the call to ministry and was licensed to preach. 

In 2019 Pastor Allen was installed as Lead Pastor of Zion Progress MBC. During his short time he has been successful in reaching both seasoned and new members with his vibrant and energetic style. Pastor Allen has instituted virtual services and giving which played a pivotal role in connecting with senior members during the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining a healthy community during stressful times.

Pastor Allen also sits with various employee resource groups, men’s alliances, and community groups to positively impact his environment.

Pastor Allen truly is a servant leader and is proud to serve as voice of change in the community and business world.

Pastor Allen is the husband of one wife, father of three beautiful children, and the friend and brother of many.

David Suggs

Board Member

Our Partners

Our numbers that speak

We have numbers that push us to give in our best and make sure that we break our own records. We are happy to be growing and helping more day by day.
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