R.E.A.L.’s founders, Drs. Dolphus and Rosie Weary are familiar with rural poverty, its causes and effects, and proven solutions. They are also familiar with the struggles rural nonprofits have when trying to work and make a difference in these communities. They are familiar because rural poverty is their story.
After working in Christian community development in Mendenhall, Mississippi for almost 30 years, Dolphus and Rosie Weary decided to found R.E.A.L. because they realized the most effective way to combat rural poverty is to empower people to help themselves. R.E.A.L.’s mission, born out of the history and personal experience of its founders; To connect resources, provide grants, and technical assistance for community based Christian ministries in rural Mississippi
in order to enable them to enrich the lives of underserved children, youth, and families.
Together, they have grown R.E.A.L. from a dream, no money, 2000 copies of Dolphus’ 1st book, and a small group of committed friends to: an organization with five full-time employees; a 16-member executive governing board and both a local and national advisory board; a network of consultants with expertise ranging from computer technical to legal skills; three books in print and a donor base of over 1000 with approximately 300 being regular donors. R.E.A.L. is one of, if not the first Christian-based charitable endowment established in Mississippi, specifically to support rural ministries.