About 15 years ago, having already helped clients for 20 years, I discovered an uncommon strategy for helping people get out of debt. What began as notes of thoughts during down times and air travel began to form the foundation of a manuscript. It was initially going to be a financial planning book for the masses. Over time, as I listened to General Conference talks about using money wisely and read the scriptures, I would think to myself, That is a good thought and should be in my book. My notes evolved into a book that combines practical financial planning advice with the teachings of the gospel, primarily geared toward members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
There is not enough space to do justice to all the amazing projects happening at Full Color Movement International, a non-profit organization that provides meals to the homeless, a business school to adolescents, Eagle Scout project collaborations, and much, much more. Founded in 2014 by the husband and wife team of Benjamin and Krystelle Richardson, Full Color Movement’s aim is to “celebrate the things that make us one.”
The Richardson home was always a hub for goodwill and charity, dating back to before the couple ever met. “It’s just how we were raised,” says Krystelle. As their reputation for doing Christlike acts of service and providing succor spread, the couple decided to make it official and eventually the Full Color Movement as it exists today was born.
Krystelle Richardson is the heart and soul of the Full Color Movement. She’s the president and CEO, the choir director, the choreographer, the travel agent, the teacher, and the chef, among other titles. Her background in engineering and her career as a medical product engineer have allowed her to organize medical aid missions all over the world while still making an enormous impact right here in Arizona. Somehow, with all her activities, Richardson has found the time to write and publish three books, raise two daughters, and have a full-time career. Her busy schedule is a testament to the great value that Richardson and her family place on the Full Color Movement.
While Krystelle Richardson might be the public face of the Full Color Movement, her husband, Benjamin, provides services to the community that only he could provide. He runs a program called “Men Helping Men,” which assists previously incarcerated men adjust back into everyday life. Benjamin’s background is in law enforcement, having previously served as both a police officer and an FBI agent, and there is no better man to help men regain confidence and reassert themselves into society.
Today, Full Color offers scores of opportunities to serve, connect, and celebrate all the wonderful “things that make us one.” From Bible study, to dance troupes, to gospel choir, to feeding the homeless and more, the Full Color Movement is a non-profit like no other. All are welcome and encouraged to participate however they can. Some ways to get involved with Full Color Movement are:
- The Give Hope Luncheon: Provide meals and/ or transportation to the less fortunate. Every first Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bible Baptist Church (2320 N 7th St. in Phoenix)
- Join the dance team or gospel choir: visit fullcolormovement.com for meeting times.
- Donations of clothing, bottled water, nonperishable snacks like granola bars, money or other are always welcome.
Full Color Movement International is astounding from start to finish. The Richardsons’ plethora of interests and intellectual gifts make Full Color Movement a vibrant and dynamic way to give back to the community and “celebrate the things that make us one.”
For more service opportunities or information, visit http://www.fullcolormovement.com/how-to-serve-how-to-give.html or contact Full Color Movement at (480)-227-9743.