Benjamin C. Graham, CPS - AD (CARES) (Founder)
Benjamin C. Graham is also known as “Bigmouthben” is a published author of "The Book of Benjamin", a business owner, and founder of Motivation Forward Inc. along with his wife Tanya Graham. Together they both empower their community to overcome adversities such as addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Ben Graham also sits on the Board of Partners For Home, an Atlanta Continuum of Care which diligently works hard to provide resources for various C.O.Cs to make sure those experiencing homelessness and mental illness have the opportunity to become stable.
Ben Graham has a powerful story that is touching the lives of many across the country. He has been featured on various news stations and recognized by former Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed. He has led many on the path of recovery through mentoring and support. Ben realizing that the key to healing and building a community is treatment. He speaks in schools, universities, churches, and court-mandated programs to carry the message of hope.
A series of traumas propelled Ben Graham into a 17-year drug addiction/mental illness. He also suffered a life-threatening injury being crushed at the pelvis on the back of a garbage truck. This injury landed Ben in a wheelchair but faith and determination led to healing. He took that same wheelchair and turned it into a snack cart to support himself, later designing a bike which soon led to a brick and mortar. Today he is certain that anyone can dream again with proper treatment and determination.
Tanya Z. Graham - Founder
A graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Tanya worked in biotechnology and medical device industry for over 17 years. Her experience as a manager and consultant in the medical device industry has proven beneficial in her position as President of Motivation Forward, Inc. She has taken her leadership skills, project management skills, creativity, and passion for helping others to bring awareness of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness to the surrounding Metro Atlanta area and beyond the borders of Georgia.
Tanya’s experience spans beyond that of corporate America. She has been performing volunteer work for over ten years at companies such as Red Cross, Standup For Kids, Hosea Feed the Hungry, MUST Ministries, The Bigmouthben Movement and now Motivation Forward. She has also served on several service work projects that included ministering to the homeless with food, clothes, and blankets.
Pamela A. Elliott - Project Production Specialist
Pamela is a graduate of Shorter University with a Master of Business Administration. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration. Pamela's volunteer experience at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Detention Center has been beneficial to our mission at Motivation Forward, Inc.
As the Project Production Specialist, Pamela's experience and dedication to non-profit outreach tailored with her corporate experience that entails developing and overseeing business needs; developing departmental goals as well as troubleshooting and resolving issues have allowed her to cultivate and oversee Motivation Forward's projects, meetings, and fundraisers with success.
All donations are tax deductible.
Our organization was founded out of a passion for people suffering from addiction. Our purpose is to provide individuals dealing with addiction with opportunity and direction. "Opportunity and awareness" through motivational speaking, group meetings, one-on-one discussions and special events. "Direction" through referrals to certified addiction and homeless programs.
Everyone here at Motivation Forward share in the same vision and work toward the same mission. We are always excited to find new volunteers that share our passion.
The issue of homelessness and addiction affects every community and therefore, it will take many helping hands and loving donations to make a major impact on homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.