Art Teacher Learns Small Business Skills from New Orleans HOPE Center


Ms. Helena Hayes Thomas is one savvy 70+-year-old.  For thirty-five years, Ms. Thomas has been writing and painting to teach others, and she’s preparing to publish her third book. She’s created over 100 pieces of hand-crafted artwork, portraying Biblical themes like the Ten Commandments, and even copywriting some of her designs. With Operation HOPE’s technical assistance, she’s developed a marketing and business plan to pursue her passion for art and religion. 

Entrepreneurs both young and old have benefited from Operation HOPE’s free business counseling and workshops. With the help from our New Orleans HOPE center, people like Ms. Thomas are learning how to live a life of dignity, joining passions and well-being through the power of entrepreneurial education. Ms. Thomas is learning how to create business plan that will empower her to teach and inspire audiences no matter the age or location.

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