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Pastor Donna Hubbard​

PPR's 2019 Spirit of Excellence Honoree

Woman of Achievement

Our 2019 Woman of Achievement is Pastor Donna Hubbard. Donna is firstborn child of the late author and Community Arts Activist, Nayo Watkins and Charles “Charlie” Hubbard. Ordained in as a minister in 1995, she holds the credentials of Preacher, Teacher, Pastor and Elder. She graduated Valedictorian of Clara Muhammad High School in 1973. But life would not always be prestigious for Donna Hubbard.

During her formative years, Donna witnessed abuse and domestic violence, which became an unfortunate and painful reality of her life as an adult. She experienced being sold to a pimp, trafficked, gang raped, and as a young woman became gang property. She lived through a $1000 a-day crack habit, chronic alcoholism, extreme exploitation, prostitution and a life consumed with sin-filled activities. Arrested more than a dozen times, she was finally sentenced to 2 concurrent 12-year sentences in federal prison. While awaiting to be transferred to prison, she had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

Her journey has been one of trials and traumas that could have easily destroyed her spirit and any hope of living a purpose filled life. But Donna’s determined faith helped her live past her pain to help others embrace purpose. Her commitment to serve God prompted complete surrender to a greater destiny and purpose. In 1994, she founded the “Woman at the Well” Transition Center with a focused mission to assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, women and girls negatively impacted by the criminal justice system, and victims of human trafficking. The goal of the organization is to provide assistance and information to help these victims regain control their lives, embrace their value and dignity, and reunite with their families. “Woman at the Well” provides training, counseling, resources, relapse prevention, and employment readiness to include street intervention with trafficked girls and women. “Woman at the Well” has been blessed to provide services and training to 6000 women and girls and celebrates more than 20 years of nonprofit service to those in need.

Pain Into Purpose!

She has served as a consultant at the county, city, state and national level in various positions with government and non-governmental agencies. Her consulting portfolio includes working with the Atlanta Working Committee to reduce prostitution, and sex trafficking in the Greater Atlanta; the National Office of Women's Health addressing trauma impact on women; and ICAO Working Group to develop Human Trafficking Awareness Protocol for Cabin Crew. She has served as the Community Liaison to the Fulton County Community Court, Fulton County Office on Juvenile Justice, and the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Donna has been a featured speaker for the Santa Marta Group at The United Nations, where she received a standing ovation before the General Assembly for the power and content of her presentation. She was a featured speaker at the 2017 AVSEC Conference in Dubai. Her honors and awards include the following:

  • 2018American Mothers Inc. National Mother of Achievement
  • 2016SKYE Kingdom Community Service Leadership Award
  • 2014Clayton County Grass Roots Leadership Institute, Class Pres.
  • 2011Omega Psi Phi Mentoring Program – Community Service
  • 2009University of Kentucky 15th Annual Black Women’s Conference, Lexington, KY
  • 2002Atlanta Women’s Network – Woman of Significance Award
  • 2001, 2002, 2003 Intl Black Women’s Congress, Orlando, FL, Newport News, VA,
  • 2000Atlanta Magazine – Women Making a Mark on the Millennium
  • 2000 Catholic Social Services Community Service Award, Atlanta, GA
  • 1999“Millennium Woman” National Family Alliance, Chicago, Ill

She is employed as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines; and has a Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies and a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling at PCIE Seminary Program in Los Angeles, CA. She works with Airline Ambassadors International as a Certified Human Trafficking Awareness Trainer and has facilitated trainings on human trafficking in Hungary, Latvia, and Japan. She was featured in the 52nd training of airline and airport personnel to prepare for 2017 and 2018 Super Bowls in Houston, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Of all the honors achieved in her life, Donna is most proud of her role as mother to her 7 daughters and 1 son. She has, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grand children. 

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