Miss Tillie O’Neal-Kyles

When Roswell resident Miss Tillie O’Neal-Kyles, retired from the corporate world, instead of taking steps back and relaxing, she set out to find her purpose. Miss Tillie, as everyone fondly refers to her, worked at AT&T for 36 years.  She realized that the corporate world didn’t always reward the principles which she taught engineers about principle-centered leadership.  She wanted to leave a legacy of having made a difference in helping to change lives. As she was walking on the beach one day “the vision itself, manifested.”

Her work began with an opportunity to serve as a consultant for a substance abuse recovery center.  Miss Tillie sourced skills from her corporate job and transformed them to suite the workings of the center.  She realized that she could teach women transferable skills embedded within the principles and practices that were taught to executives.

Approximately four years later, she discovered that many of the women that graduated from the recovery program, clean and sober, lacked the necessary skills to become self-sufficient while maintaining their sobriety.  This inspired her to launch the ministry learning center she had envisioned that day on the beach.  Utilizing her 401K funds, Miss Tillie kick started Every Woman Works (EWW) Learning Center Inc. in 2004 – a safe, therapeutic and supportive environment for women to work away from dependency to self-sufficiency.

The programs accept women who are homeless, recovering from alcohol and drug dependency, in transition from the military and penal systems, recovering from domestic violence or living in poverty.  To learn more about Miss Tillie’s not-for-profit brain child please navigate through our website.

The majority of funding for Every Woman Works is derived from individual donors, philanthropists, civic and religious organizations, corporate sponsors, annual fundraisers and grants. If you would like to make an online donation to our cause please click on the “Donate” button below.