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Transform Pain Into Purpose!

Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation today to start your journey to becoming unstoppable!


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I'm Rashema!

I am the Founder and President of the Melson Foundation, CEO and Founder of Pain Into PURPOSE and I help bring transformation to trauma-impacted individuals and communities. While many have come to know me as the "Homeless Valedictorian"—a label given to me by the media—I am much more than my past traumatic experiences. I am more than the homelessness, sexual abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, and physical abuse that I experienced in life. 

With God's help I learned how to leverage the skills that I developed while overcoming trauma to become a sought-after expert. I now lend my expertise to inspire and coach thousands of individuals as well as consult organizations and communities through my work with Pain Into PURPOSE. As a motivational speaker and life coach I have helped individuals overcome barriers and leverage adverse life experiences to discover their purpose. As a consultant I have helped communities and institutions from the school house to the White House address the systems that have failed historically marginalized communities. 


I want to help YOU transform your life from Good to GREAT. I will help you create S.M.A.R.T.I.E. goals and then develop a customized plan to ensure that you execute successfully. Supporting and guiding you every step of the way.


My goal in life is to use my painful yet lesson-filled experiences to inspire and encourage others. I am committed to sharing my testimony to restore lost hope, and pour love in all empty spaces. Striving to make change and impact with one speech at a time.


We help you change the way you change your world. Let my team and I guide your organization in creating healthy, equitable, and inclusive communities. We help w/ everything from facilitating trainings to strategic planning and program administration. 

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Success Stories

"I appreciate Rashema's approach and patience while helping me transition into my position with leading my department in racial equity."

Sheena Barnes

Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board

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