Love Beyond Walls’ Terence Lester walks to Washington D.C. from Atlanta

Normally most people who are traveling to Washington D.C. from Atlanta, Georgia first head to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and board one of their many airplanes. But Love Beyond Walls co-founder Terence Lester chose to take another means of transportation; his feet! In a world when there is so much hate and violence, Mr. Lester is on a journey to make the world a better place. Find out how and why he is walking 648 miles.

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QG: What is Love Beyond Walls?

Terence Lester (TL): Love Beyond Walls is a non-profit organization founded by my wife and myself in 2013. We fight homelessness and poverty dehumanization through various programs.

For instance, we found out that homeless individuals in our area were having a hard time washing their clothes because many places would either not allow them to come into the place to wash because of prejudice and stereotypes or because it was hard for them to secure funds to wash.

We immediately jumped in and created a free laundry room in our building so we could not only give them dignity but build relationships and understand their deeper needs. This laundry room has also served low-income families that have to choose between purchasing food or washing their clothes at a coin laundry.

That’s just one program that we use to humanize those who are poor. Since starting, we’ve served over 30,000 individuals locally and nationally by taking love beyond walls that constrict and divide.

QG: Where did this philanthropic passion come from?

TL: The passion comes from my personal story. I’ve overcome a lot. Former gang member, ex-high-school dropout, ex-at-risk youth, and sleeping in cars myself as a teen. I turned my life around completely.