You might say Chevella Campbell earns her nickname “Joy” every day. At Dallas’ Discovery Place, Campbell serves up faith, love and, yes, joy to criminal offenders who are looking for new beginnings.
Campbell owns Guiding Minds Ministries, LLC, a parent company to Discovery Place, a nonprofit substance use counseling and life skills agency.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing at Prairie View A&M University and Campbell stopped in recently at From Marva with Love to share her motivation for helping individuals become successful.
MS: Tell us about Discovery Place?
JC: Discovery Place is our nonprofit. We offer rehabilitative classes to ‘second chance’ offenders. I teach drug offender-DWI education, anti-theft, parenting, life skills, anger management, marijuana intervention, Thinking for a Change, Outpatient Clinic and substance abuse counseling and evaluations. Our nonprofit is where we do the work for the Lord. It’s for spiritual gain, helping them to get self-sufficient. We hosted a community resource block party event with resources to help people (to access) Dallas County services, tickets, legal aid for expungements and Community Court. The services are to help people get where they need to be.
MS: Where are you located?
JC: We are located at 3911 S. Lancaster Rd., Suite 100, in Dallas. I’m in City Council District 4.
MS: That was a thriving community (District 4). What happened to it?
JC: To be honest, I think the community left because the kids left. You know how when you grow up in a certain neighborhood and you start to make a certain amount of money. You start to leave your neighborhood. Those of us that were thriving and had the drive and passion and had the abilities to get up and get out, we got out; but, we forgot to come back. So, what we were left with were the people struggling. Without anyone teaching and exposing them to anything different, they were left without an understanding and knowledge of even how to become successful.
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