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about OnPurpose

people are created for connection.

We are not meant to go through emotional distress alone.

OnPurpose has the staff, resources, and support that youth and their families need. Many of us became therapists and social workers after our own experiences with trauma. We know healing is possible because we’ve lived through it ourselves.

Our Mission

We help youth and their families find hope, healing, and purpose beyond their trauma.

Our Vision

We envision a day when black and brown communities are equipped to identify and heal their traumas to live successful and purpose-filled lives.

Our Board of Directors

Our story

Learning From the Past. Creating a Better Future.

So much of the OnPurpose history is tied to the story of our founder, Renae Johnson. Renae was inspired by overcoming the challenges of inequality, domestic violence, sexual assault, and long-term poverty. She is a success story of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982; the Kiwanis Builder’s Club; NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympic (ACT-SO); and Baptist and Educational Missionary Convention programs. Renae is driven to bring even greater success and opportunity to struggling families.

From 2016 to present, the organization was established to offer mental health and support to individuals with the highest need. Over the last two years, we have perfected our model to better support families disproportionately affected by system racism and long-term poverty.

our core values


Love is what fulfills us, provides us purpose and meaning, and is what makes us pour into the lives of others.


We serve others as Christ would through our gifts and talents.


We strive for excellence in all that we do.


We wisely manage our resources with integrity and responsibility.


We try to understand how our clients might be feeling and do our best to give them the help they deserve.

Our Purpose-Filled Team

Renae Johnson

President & CEO

TreJean Brock

Grants Coordinator

Dr. Jeffrey Bankhead

Vice President of OPerations

Malyn Herrera

Manager, Child & Family SErvices

Tameka Pounds, lpc


Justin Johnson

Marketing assistant

Casiah Evans, LMFT-A


Become a donor! Every dollar helps to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and provides hope and purpose to those devastated by the long-term effects of poverty.