Israeio La’eida Holloway is the Founder/CEO of Hope and Divine Purpose Transitional Living Home, Inc. located in Joliet, IL. At the age of 22, Israeio became a victim of Domestic Violence. She had experienced firsthand the effects of being verbally, physically and psychologically abused. Yet, due to a praying mother that spoke change into her situation, she was determined to get her life back. Once she found the courage to release herself from her abuser she vowed to never allow herself to become a victim again. It was then she decided it was time to be effective and use her traumatic experience as a testimony to uplift and revive other women. Israeio progressed through her pain and now has over 20+ years’ experience in the social services, mental health and education field combined.
She has obtained a Bachelors’ of Science in Psychology from Ashworth College. She is listed on the Illinois State Board of Education with a Para-Educator Assistant Teacher License with an Endorsement in Special Education. She is listed as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional(QIDP) on the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Bureau of Quality Management Database. She also has an ECE (Early Childhood Education) Credential Level I from The Illinois Department Of Human Services Bureau Of Child Care And Development. In 2022 she received a State of Illinois Credential: Illinois Medicaid Crisis Assessment Tool Clinician(IM+CAT) via University of Illinois School of Social Work-Urbana.
In 2015, GOD had revealed her purpose and his vision for her to be a blessing to others that had lost Hope. She formed Hope and Divine Purpose Transitional Living Home, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that advocates for young women ages 16-32 who were victims or survivors of Human Trafficking/Exploitation and Homelessness. Hope and Divine Purpose Transitional Living Home, Inc. mission is to raise awareness about predators who solicit individuals who display risk factors including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, or lack of a social safety net (dysfunctional familial living arrangements/homeless, or no family support system). These risk factors enable a predator to control and disconnect the victim from anyone that is beneficial to their well-being.
Since being incorporated she has become a Board Member of the Southland Human Services Leadership Council. An organizational member of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center: Will End Exploitation Coalition (WEEC) and Board of Director for United Way of Will County Continuum of Care-Plan to End Homelessness.
Israeio Holloway is the author of Body Safety for Children: No Secrets a multi-cultural interactive discussion book for parents on how to appropriately educate their children on body safety/body boundaries for child sexual abuse prevention.
Israeio Holloway has been featured in The Chicago Defender, VoyageLA, VoyageMIA, Times Weekly Newspaper & The Herald News-Joliet Newspaper 2018 & 2020 to raise awareness on Human Trafficking/Exploitation, Homelessness and various community events. Israeio Holloway was an honoree of a 2018 She Rocks It, Woman You Should Know Award and 2020 Herald News Everyday Hero Award.
In 2019 to alleviate hunger associated with poverty she created Hopeful Basic Needs Food Pantry. Which to this date serves 15-25+ families/individuals per week. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 the need of food security increased she then responded by creating a Hot Meal Program partnering with local restaurant Niko's Pizzeria that has to this date served over 4,000+ families/individuals within the community including donating a portion of the meals to Joliet Not-For-Profit Organization Catholic Charities Day Break Center.
In 2020 Hope and Divine Purpose Transitional Living Home, Inc. partnered with Burlington Coat Factory for it's Warm 4 Winter Coat Drive to distribute quality winter coats to its community members. In 2020 Israeio Holloway developed a program called Mommy & Me Diaper Project designed specifically for single mothers and their children. She provides all necessities ranging from month supply of diapers, baby wipes, infant clothing, baby formula, toys etc. In 2021 Hope and Divine Purpose Transitional Living Home, Inc. partnered with the Will County TOYS FOR TOTS Program to provide toys to families experiencing financial instability during the holidays.
Israeio Holloway is purpose-driven and chosen to change to be a voice for those that have lost their own as a beacon of hope and inspiration.