About Yalonda

Meet Yalonda Smith of How To Start a Successful Group Home

Yalonda Smith is an ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate, Tony Gaskins Certified Life Coach, and a Devereux Certified Direct Care Staff Trainer in Safe and Positive Approaches to crisis prevention and crisis intervention.

My name is Yalonda Smith (formerly Yalonda Hooks), and I owned a successful group home for foster children for 8 years in Jacksonville Florida.

I am a Christian and true believer of Jesus Christ. I offer consulting and coaching from a non-denominational perspective, meaning I accept people wherever they are, work with Christians and non-Christians and do not impose my beliefs or values, although I am open to sharing them when requested.

Yalonda Smith I have been in the social service field for 12 years helping women and children. Prior to my dream of entrepreneurship became a reality in 2006, I gained experience and passion for helping others along the way in my career by serving as a domestic abuse counselor and case manager in Florida and New York, a foster care case manager, and a juvenile detention officer. I have worked in many aspects of the social service field working to help others find peace, love, and joy in the midst of their storms. I found that overall through all the different jobs that I held, my greatest passion was goal planning with the different populations, no matter what field or age group. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their eyes light up as I asked them what did they want to do in life. I have strived to touch as many lives as possible through providing life coaching, life skills training, spiritual development and fulfillment, most importantly by helping them create an action plan to make their dreams a reality.

I started my consulting business, “How to Start a Successful Group Home, LLC in 2009 to help others get through the licensing process of opening a group home. I maintained my group home and my consulting business simultaneously for about 5 years before I closed my group home in November 2013. I stepped out on faith and decided to take my consulting business to the next level and assist others to make their God given visions and dreams a reality on a full-time basis!

This year in 2016, as the demand increases, I am providing additional services including my passion for life coaching. Due to rapid expansion and demand for additional services outside of policies and procedures, I changed the name of my business to reflect the expansion.