Breakfast with a Purpose
A place of hope and change for women.
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Breakfast with a Purpose

“The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, and to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

You made our first annual Breakfast with a Purpose a huge success! With your support, we raised $24,000 that will go directly to our programs.

Our outstanding speakers – Jessen, Kyle, and Rhonda – shared their stories and inspired and encouraged us to find our own purpose. They made us stop and think of how we can facilitate change. The greater reward is what you give to others by helping them on their road to a better life. “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”.

 BWP 4Jessan Hutchison-Quillian

Jessan doesn’t need all the money he makes at Google, so he gives nearly half of it away each year – not just because he can, but because he feels he should.

“I have become a volunteer leader, organizing other young people with wealth to do great things with their giving. I never imagined myself being this type of leader … I’m an engineer!”

“Small actions become systemic when you inspire others.


BWP 5Kyle Kesterson

From homeless dropout to CEO, Kyle’s story is one of using fun, creativity, and entrepreneurship to overcome the many struggles he’s faced, turning hardship into opportunity. He shared with us how homelessness can be an unsuspecting gift.

“When your world is small, your problems are big – but when you expand your world and make it big, your problems become small.”


BWP 6Rhonda Tilford

Rhonda is a Midwestern transplant who relocated to the Emerald City to make a difference. She has 14 years of experience executing and evaluating human services and educational programs for the underserved population. In 2015, she completed the Master of Science in Heath Informatics. In the same year, she became homeless. She is a former resident of The Sophia Way.

“Make homelessness brief and rare.”


We thank you for spending your morning with us and for helping us to change the lives of the women we serve.