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.