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We believe women are the driving force for change in our community. When you invest in a woman, you don’t just empower one person—you strengthen families, organizations and society as a whole.

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Empowering Women.

Transforming Communities.

Why We Do What We Do


At any one time, about two-thirds of single mothers are working outside the home, a slightly greater share than the share of married mothers who are also working outside the home.                                   


However, only half were employed full-time all year long, a quarter (25.9%) were jobless the entire year. Among those who were laid off or looking for work, less than a quarter (22.4%) she had received unemployment benefits.


If a single mother can work, her earning power still lags significantly compared with men’s, about 79¢ to a $1 for the same job — leaving a wage gap of 21¢ on the dollar.


The wage disparities are even more significant for women of color — AfricanAmerican women earn only 64¢, while Hispanic and Latinas fare worse, being paid just 56¢ on the dollar.


Single mothers earn income that places them well below married mothers in the income ladder. The gap between the two groups is significantly large.


The median income for families led by a single mother in 2018 was about $45,128, well below the $93,654 median for married couples. Out of more than 10 million low-income working families with children, 39% were headed by single working mothers or about 4.1 million.


The proportion is much higher among African Americans (65%) compared with whites (36%). Only one-third of single mothers received any child support, and the average amount these mothers received was only about $430 a month.


Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for singlemother families in 2018 was 34%, nearly five times more than the rate (6%) for married-couple families.


Among children living with their mother only, 40% lived in poverty. In contrast, only 12% of children in two-parent families were counted as poor.


Families headed by women of color fared even worse. Nearly two in five (38%) of Black female-headed families lived in poverty, Hispanic (38%), White (28%), and Asian (29%).


Among all other ethnic groups, Native American female-headed families with children had the highest poverty rate. More than two in five (43%) lived in poverty

Transforming You Inc. is one of the leading women's organizations in Atlanta.  We respond to the needs of young women and their children through our She's Been Transformed Program, which is an initiative designed to meet the diverse needs of girls and women ages 13 and up.


A large part of the She's Been Transformed focuses on Social and Emotional Learning.


“Social and Emotional Learning is the process that leads to the development of emotional intelligence - that is, the process by which we become better at understanding and managing our emotions AND learning how they impact the choices we make, the relationships we have, and our outlook in life.”


Building and maintaining positive relationships with others is central to success and requires the ability to recognize and effectively process thoughts, feelings, and perspectives in a very healthy manner.


In addition to providing for the Social-Emotional needs of young women, Transforming You Inc. also supports their immediate tangible needs that include:


  • Food | Clothes | Shoes


  • Financial planning and credit restoration


  • Resume writing

  • Support with Utility Bills


  • Technology Training

  • Job Preparedness Assistance

  • Emergency relief assistance for homeless families


  • Meals for single mothers living in extended stay accommodations



Trenessa Beene

CEO/ Founder of Transforming You, Inc.

In 2017, while riding back from Tupelo Ms. God said we need to go out in the community of Tupelo, Ms, and pray out in the open. I followed through and called it the Be Free Campaign. We prayed and fed the community as well. It was on July 4th the exact date that my sister ended up getting her miracle in 2018.


We established what is now called Transforming You, Inc. I went on a 91-day fast, and in those 91 days, I got the 501c3 and also became a notary. It was in 2010 while visiting Chicago Illinois, I saw a homeless man walking on cardboard boxes with no shoes. This is when God laid it on my heart to start a non-profit but I procrastinated. 


On May 30, 2018, my sister who was 42 years old got put on the waiting list. On July 2, 2018, she received the call to come to the University of Alabama in Birmingham. On July 4, 2018, she received her miracle! A double lung transplant from a 20-year-old young man. My life changed forever! I started planning events not knowing what I was really doing. Every event was a success!  I knew then that this was my true ministry.


From a Conference called Breaking The Cycles which was for families, Christmas Event called The Gift of Giving, July 4th Be Free Prayer Event, Thanksgiving Community Lunch, Christmas Toy Giveaway, Skyzone Events, Shoe Fundraisers, Facebook Fundraisers, and now planning to Launch the actual business. I am now a Life Coach, Writing my first book, and looking for multiple homes, or buildings, to house the homeless. God is definitely using me at this time of my life. Trenessa has had the desire to help achieve dreams since she was a small girl growing up in Tupelo, Ms. She moved to Georgia in 2000 and started a home-based Child care called The Beene Patch for about 4 years. Was registered with the Bright From The Start Early Care and Learning, and also Quality Care For Children. Trenessa graduated from American Intercontinental University with a Business Degree. Trenessa also went to school for Early Childhood and has a Georgia Paraprofessional Educator Certificate.

Trenessa is a part of Gwinnett Coalition, a Life Coach, and a notary. I started a group on Facebook called Let's Uplift and Adopt A Senior when the Pandemic started due to graduations being canceled. Montell Kirk was the one chosen to win the  $500.00 scholarship. Trenessa has the heart to give, and see lives changed! 


"Our mission is to enhance and equip economically disadvantaged individuals, by providing shelter, and avenues to other resources. Transforming lives one day at a time!"

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