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Mission: Infinite Hands Initiative (IHI), is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Houston, Texas that services the local community and was formed February 2012 to promote self-sufficiency through hands-on seminars providing hands on information on how to start and/or run a small business. IHI was formed as a two part program and IHI’s Koats 4 Kids mission is to provide local child(ren) with a new winter coat. IHI seeks to partner with other like minded exempt organizations. Adult clients who participate and graduate from one or more of the Adult Continued Learning seminars become first beneficiaries of the Koats 4 Kids Program and receive a new koat 4 each child. Ensuring healthier child(ren) that are able to attend school regularly and will develop a strong self-esteem.

Results: I began volunteering as an insructor and with the constant community interest IHI is moving forward and combining both programs to benefit low income individuals. Since 2010 there have been 25 plus graduates who qualify for the Koats 4 Kids program. Two new businesses were formed recently during the Shark Tank Entrepreneurial Workshops. New workshops begin September 21, and updates will be posted.

Target demographics: families and children in shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10+ adult completion with 3 or 4 going on to start a small business. The remaining are usually already operating a small business without marketing materials.

Geographic areas served: Houston and surrounding areas

Programs: Entrepreneurial, employment and general life skill seminars to the working and non-working public to local shelters and community centers

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

bettyboop88

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! Continue your success with helping others!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with many nonprofit organizations in Houston, TX, and Infinite Hands has left the most positive impression in my mind. Mrs. Carter was a pleasure to work with/for. The whole concept behind IHI is love, dedication and appreciation. This organization will be around for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took an entrepreneurial class facilitated by Infinite Hands Initiative. It was a really great experience for me. I never thought I could own my own business, but this class empowered me with a vision of my own business. I learned so much. I participated in the Shark tank to present about my business. Since then, I've made some great steps towards putting energy into my business. I have developed a small client base at this time to offer Reiki services (holistic relaxation technique). I have a logo that was created for my business, I have a FB page that I use for marketing, and I'm dedicated to doing something daily for my business. I have a photo shoot this Saturday to showcase my business and on Sunday I have my first interview on blog talk radio (online show) to talk about my business. I am excited. I want to thank Infinite Hands Initiative (Karen and Angie) for sharing their passion with me and sparking the entrepreneurial spirit within me. Many blessings

Monica56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen the founder of IHI, Karen Carter, give not only professionally but personally. Karen is passionate about serving the public and empowers us with her workshops. She transforms the lives of people she helps. May her organization be a model for other groups.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first time in this class was oct 26 2013 and it was life changing in my three classes i have learned that the dream of having my own business was real and the tools they have taught me in a short time have been priceless as of today
im on my way to starting my business i am a survivor
of 30 years of domestic violence and i to will survive the business world as well thank you karen for the knowledge you have given me

Client Served

Rating: 4

Infinite Hands helped me start my home business. Ms. Karen walked me through each step of becoming successful. There were times I was ready to throw in the towel and she was there to help me through my frustrations. My business is thriving thanks to her. I would still be in the "idea" stages if it were not for Infinite Hands and Ms. Karen.

TaShawna W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Even in its infant stage, Infinite Hands Initiative was enriching lives. I have watched this organization grow to become a great asset in its community in a very short time. Karen's passion to help others to realize their dreams is very evident in her daily work. She works tirelessly to ensure that those that want to succeed will see their dreams come to fruition. Her dedication, hard work and passion for helping others is going to continue to make this a very successful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Infinite Hands Iniative because I believe in its purpose and goals. To empower people with knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The classes are informative and easy to understand. The instructors are phenominal. It is rewarding to see the lives we touch change in a positive way. All of the participants work really hard to set and accomplish their goals. By the end of each class session those goals are met and the students are equipped to move forward with their dreams and aspirations. The life skills class is just that, life skills. It is a pleasure volunteering with Infinite Hands Initiative and I look forward to working along side Ms. Carter for many years to come.

Phyllis D.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have watched Infinite Hands grow since Mrs. Carter first started it and it's amazing how she has built this program from the ground up! Talented, self-driven and a woman of boundless energy and abilities she is the perfect example of putting others ahead of her own needs and striving to make a difference in her community! We need more like her and we need more involved in Infinite Hands! This is a life changing program that should be available to all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Carter was very nice & kind, her class was very helpfull to understand, about starting a new bussines . LOVE HER CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Infinite Hands Initiative was conceived from love. Ms. Carter puts her heart and soul into helping others, always trying to forsee the needs before they happen. Her dedication is admired and should be duplicated by others who yearn to serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for your lovely and encouraging words. When I think of you, the words "encouragement and possible" come quickly to my mind. I am sure you are a blessing to me not only for your unconditional support but also for the caring and loving motivation that you are always willing to give. You and the program are definitely a role model.

I am going to work on the document, about the bi-lingual webpage is a great idea, and when I get my transcript back for sure I really appreciate the opportunity to speak with a Career Counselor.

Thanks a bunch for helping me, and have a blessed and wonderful Independence Day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gain great inspiration by her exceptional character, professionalism, and invaluable experience. Being an unemployed teacher , I wanted a new beginning. Everyday that I attended her class I felt morally encouraged, motivated, and supported by her kind words and wisdom. She provided resources and opened my mind to the possibilities of owning a business. With her guidance and support I starting learning and researching the parts of a business plan to create one specific for my business interest. I also came to the realization that owning a business meant getting prepared and that meant going back to college. I am now attending San Jacinto College working toward an Associates in Restaurant Management with a possibility of transferring to University of Texas for a Master’s with a double major in Hotel Management and Business. I am very thankful to Ms. Karen Carter for being the guiding light, so encouraging and supportive along the way; she has truly made a difference in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Carter of Infinite Hands Initiative went beyond herself to help anyone that needed her help, she guided us through a business plan, and brought some speakers with expertise. She has a special gift of sharing her knowledge and I am so grateful to have found her, the time when I started the seminar I had doubt about starting the business, but by the time the seminar was over I had no doubt about it. Now I have my business, I am going to school to improve my skills and I am doing better every day. All I needed was that show of support and that small push that I found at the seminar.

There should be more seminars like this, so people can know that they are not alone. There is still people willing to spend time and money to guide and help them through a decision like starting a business.