First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle

What can be more invigorating than being able to come together for inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship? Not much!

Surprise The Struggling Inc. and Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy’s inaugural First Wednesday Tea Huddle is happening tomorrow night, November 1, 2017, 4PM-7PM, at The Tea Room located at 452 Pine Street (between Belmont & Pitkin), Brooklyn, New York.  All women are invited to come out and hear an inspiring word from dynamic speakers, while gathering with other women, sharing the same struggles, triumphs, and dreams—over a cup of tea.

First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle

First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle is a joint venture between Suprise The Struggling Inc. and Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy to bring assistance, awareness, and advice to less fortunate and homeless women and teen girls. You are invited to join Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson tomorrow night for sacred conversation, empowerment, inspiration, and support over a cup of tea and a warm meal.

Sponsored Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy and The Tea Room, #STSGlobal will be catering to the less fortunate and homeless women in the community. All in attendance will receive a blessing bag filled with essential items to help take care of the bare personal hygienic needs.  Joining the festivities for the inaugural First Wednesday are two dynamic speakers: Minister Wanda Edwards of Colors of Survival and Minister LaTonya Smiley of Eve’s Roses.

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If you would like to contribute material items, such as food, toiletries, blessing bags, or a  check or money order; or if you need further information on becoming a SPONSOR of one or more Wednesdays, please email: Rue McDonald at,

No amount is too small. We’re blessed to be a blessing. We Meet The People Where They’re At…PERIOD!

Looking Forward To Seeing You!

Celebrating Women’s History Month…Wanda Edwards!



Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, #SurpriseTheStruggling’s fifth highlight this month is the courageous and triumphant Wanda Edwards—#STSGlobal’s Chief Ambassador. We do not believe there are enough words in our vernacular to accurately describe the love and gratitude we have and hold in our hearts for our dear sister Wanda and her dedication and support to the mission of #SupriseTheStruggling; Especially when she has so many things in her life that she is responsible for and working towards. We are humbled by her dedication and love and extend our gratitude to Wanda for choosing to be a part of #STS. That, she would find the time to work with us, plan and execute more than one Sip & Drop and then accompany us as we hit the streets of the tristate area to bless women and even men—with the surprise bags of toiletries, as well as food and water. She is simply amazing and a shining example of what love and service look like in the flesh. She is a true champion for the people, especially those who have gone through some horrific circumstances in their lives and may feel as though there is no way out. Wanda is that hope. That voice that God is using to say otherwise. Wanda deserves her place as a woman in history and a woman of honor and integrity.

Wanda Edwards, A Walk in Her Shoes, Colors of Survival, Advocate

Wanda Edwards—Mother, survivor, motivational speaker, documentarian, minister, humanitarian, champion, and advocate. There is so much more to Wanda than meets the eye. A woman with firsthand knowledge of what it means to survive and not only fight to get your life back, but to thrive while doing it. Wanda is the founder of “A Walk in Her Shoes—Empowering women to stand up and talk about their experiences and bring healing and hope to one another, as well as educate on the many different levels and nuances of domestic violence and what to do. She is also an advocate for S.O.F.I.A—a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, supportive services and referrals for temporary housing to “at risk” women and children affected by domestic violence.

This past fall, Wanda released a short film, making her an Executive Producer and director. Colors of Survival Documentary (see the trailer: ) Telling the stories of Domestic Violence survivors. Wanda will be Co-host of Sacred Conversations this coming March 10th Please follow her on her Instagram page: for more information.

We implore you to get to know the dedicated woman of strength who is making history every day through her work, advocacy, and dedication. We salute you, Wanda Edwards! We are humbled to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!