by Khrys Styles, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Cincinnati
As a National Narrative Shifter, I have the opportunity to learn more about our FII family partners from around the country. Allow me to introduce you to Elizabeth Lockhart from the West Side of Chicago. Elizabeth joined FII in November of 2018. When asked what drew her to the opportunity, she shared that the offer of unrestricted dollars and the opportunity of building new resources, referrals, and overall development were valuable to her. Elizabeth is an established entrepreneur with her own vending machine business and has been running a family-owned laundromat for 7 years which has helped to put her son through college.
In addition to being a business owner, Elizabeth is now a published author. I found it inspiring that Elizabeth used her FII dollars to help publish her book. Her father passed away in 1995. About 10 years ago, she decided to write a book about their relationship, relationships between a father and a daughter. Although she keeps his legacy alive by working with veterans and seniors, she wanted to specifically honor him by writing a book around the relationship between a father and a daughter entitled “Her Greatest Betrayal: When She Betrayed Herself.” When asked what the title meant, Elizabeth explained, “As long as I listened to my dad I was ok, when I didn’t, things went out of control.”
Ms. Lockhart’s first book is in publication with Westbow Press. It was released on June 8th, and she held a book signing on June 15, 2019. “Writing this book has helped me accept the truth of who I thought I was and who I really am.” When asked what she saw in her future with FII she says, “I don’t have any expectations, ‘Human Temple,’ my FII group has been very supportive and great accountability partners. [I am] Looking forward to continuing my journey with FII.”
The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.