An Impactful Legacy: 10 Years of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation (Part II)- 4:47
with Gary Brackett, Founder at Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation
Posted Sep 11, 2017Expires Sep 11, 2019
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It was 10 years ago when the story of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation began. Personal experiences were what brought the organization to life but it has since thrived on the experiences of others. The foundation is supported by four legs and encompasses a wide array of people in need. Gary's approach to bettering the community includes help in job preparation and summer occupation opportunities. Elsewhere, Gary works with local hospitals to pamper families of ill-children and the children themselves. Learn more about Gary's work here Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation and be sure to check out Gary's story by watching Part 1 of this interview here An Impactful Legacy: 10 Years of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation.
Interview recorded on August 29, 2017.
Whitaker: Well, Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation has four legs: Impact Ready, Impact Works, TenderHearts and Gary's Locker. Let's start with Impact Ready, why is that an important component?
Brackett: For me, being an employer of 450 employees...in one of the first stores I opened, I sat there for the interviews. I saw how people were so ill-prepared to come in for an interview. I thought Impact Ready was a way to play it forward and...educate people on how they should approach their first job and interview.
Whitaker: Impact Works follows Impact Ready...do you view this as the natural progression?
Brackett: I think it's one thing to tell people what to expect in their first job and then actually give them their first job. We partner with Teen Works to employ about 12 people a year throughout the restaurant group. They learn real on the job training.
Whitaker: Do you have any favorite stories to share with us from those programs?
Brackett: A lot of the times we have high school kids working. This one guy is working in the back, in the pantry, during lunch...it was one of our Impact Works guys. He cooks at home with his family and is doing a great job...and we're now working to move him from a stipend to a full time employee.
Whitaker: Not to belittle the other programs but TenderHearts and Gary's Locker are two more ancillary events to the foundation, tell me about their importance.
Brackett: TenderHeart luncheon is a way to honor my mom. A lot of times the mother bears the burden of a sick child. We invite women to a fancy lunch at CharBlue Steakhouse. It is phenomenal to have all these women out and see their connection and see them having a good time.
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Interviewed filmed on April 25, 2018.
Thumbnail photo provided by Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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Interview filmed on April 25, 2018.
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Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: Established in 2013, Purposeful Designs is already outgrowing its home and taking on big clients, was this success expected?
Mayes: No, I know the passion our Director David Palmer has put into this. From the start we asked God's blessing if this was to continue; if not let's get over it quick. In that sense, the growth is not surprising.
Bennett: You've been here from the beginning...did you have a plan?
Mayes: I recently retired from the fire service and at that time I was looking for something meaningful to do. I met David Palmer, someone brought us together and said I think you two have something in common. He had a vision to provide work for some of the men he had already contacted down at Wheeler Mission. Some of those men, when they graduate that program, don't have a job they can go to. That will often through them back into the cycle of brokenness and poverty. We figured out a way to give these guys employment, direction, discipline, I do some mentoring and we have a weekly Bible Study in the shop.
Bennett: Do they feel a sense of accomplishment when they get to work with their hands and seeing what they create?
Mayes: Absolutely. All my life, I've worked with my hands and always like to see what I've accomplished at the end of the day. I think men were born with a purposefulness. Some of these men have made some bad choices but they want to grow out of their past. To have something to get up for each day, to be teamed up with other men that have the same desire to make a difference. Seeing their passion emboldens me and makes us want to go stronger.
Bennett: Describe for me a typical work day. I understand lingering is welcomed.
Mayes: Yes, we love the public to always visit us. Some of the guys come in as early a 7 a.m.. They always have a prayer and scripture verse shared each day; to start the day. Most of these men are cross-trained to be able to do a variety of skills. That's what we are trying to do is give them a foundation so that if they want to go somewhere else, they are qualified to do so.
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Interview recorded on August 23, 2017.