Toshonna Ross is a resilient advocate for women and children’s rights, working to bring awareness to the importance of ending the cycles of violence and exploitation against women and children. A victim of rape, homelessness, clinical depression, and survivor of domestic violence that nearly ended her life, Toshonna strives to encourage and empower women suffering all types of adversities that inhibit positive change, growth, and living productively in society, by reminding them of their worth and importance.
Her strong zeal and desire to support other women, opened doors to motivational speaking at various conferences, churches, social groups, and organizations, to several television news appearances, and the establishment of her nonprofit organization, Courageous Women Association, which brought women together to build, motivate, mentor, and support other women.
Toshonna Ross is a 2011 Jefferson Award Winner, recipient of Congressional Certificate from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and proud mother of three who strives on instilling in her children, these key principles: the importance of self-fulfillment and joy through serving and helping others; the significance of understanding and knowing their worth; the value of having Godly wisdom and discernment; and being humble in all things.
Courageous Women Association (CWA), is a nonprofit 501(c)3 Organization, that provides resources, supportive services, and empowerment to women and child victims and survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, incarceration, prostitution/human trafficking, addiction, and other life issues. CWA focuses largely on women and children in domestic violence and homeless shelters, and transitional housing facilities that span the entire Bay Area and Greater Bay Area. To date, CWA helps over 1500 women and children annually.
CWA conducts career development, educational, & health workshops, empowerment support groups, coordinates awareness events, and gives away thousands of life necessities through the annual day of shopping, pampering, and outreach program event. In addition, CWA connects women with service providers that help their individual & family needs, such as assistance in finding shelter and housing, education and employment opportunities, healthcare, mental health, counseling services, legal, and other services that contribute to their overall well-being.
For Toshonna, creating the name Courageous Women stood for many things. Most importantly, Courageous Women stood for having the courage to live past the pain, to start over, to change, to forgive, to grow, to let go and let God, to live life to the fullest, to trust and love self, and to know your worth.
Her outlook on life quoted by a famous Author, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Don’t go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and lead the way”.