At 20 years old Consuella (Connie) Mackey a hair stylist and fashion designer had an accident and broke her foot and was incapacitated for a period of time. She soon realized the challenges and everyday difficulties people with disabilities face; including discrimination, inaccessible facilities like few or no curb cuts, paths, and entryways, public restrooms, housing, job training, employment opportunities, professional grooming services such as salons.
Connie also saw how many times society excluded people with disabilities from the mainstream lifestyle. After feeling sorry for herself, she decided to do something in a proactive way to make a positive difference while addressing these issues. She began researching, making phone calls and writing letters to entities across the nation. No opportunities were to be found in her profession so she offered her services in the beauty and fashion industry with accessible entryways for people with physical disabilities.
Operation Confidence was founded a year later on October 2, 1980. It quickly grew to include job preparation workshops, career fairs, employment opportunities, community outreach and diversity training for individuals with physical disabilities.
In recent years "Operation Confidence" felt the need to assist our disabled and wounded Veterans after witnessing an encampment of Veterans living out of their wheelchairs on the streets of Skid row. Some were stilling wearing portions left of their military uniform while proudly displaying pieces of the American flag.
Operation Confidence goal is to obtain an house located on the outskirts of Los Angeles donated to the organization. Once rehabbed , with community support the house would open to provide comfortable stable living with resources and services for Veterans with a disability.
Several events and fundraisers have taken place throughout the years to raise awareness and funds to open and operate Operation Turning Point Housing Program for Veterans who are disabled and homeless.
In 2009 ,Operation Confidence hosted Mega Job Fair, a one week resource and job fair held on the campus of 4 community colleges, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College, West Los Angeles College and El Camino College.
In 2010 and 2011, Operation Confidence hosted "United We Serve, A Tribute to Our Disabled Veterans". on the grounds of the Los Angeles Sports Arena. All branches of the military participated and 120 vendors.
On April 22, 2012, "Operation Confidence" had its grand opening for Handi Crafts Working Boutique for wounded and disabled veterans. This small business was established to create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for Veterans with a disability .
2014, conducted a women veterans dress for success/ job preparation workshops and fashion show for CalVet Stand Down held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In 2016, Operation Confidence hosted a “Tribute To Disabled Veterans “ aboard the Queen Mary, Veterans Day. Disabled veterans from the World War ll, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan era were honored. The event also raised awareness about the urgent need to get homeless disabled veterans off the streets of Los Angeles .
2017, Operation Confidence hosted "A Tribute To Our Disabled Veterans" at the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, CA. The Honorable Brig. General Ruth Wong (ret) Executive Director Los Angeles County Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker. Other distinguished guest speakers were Congressman Brad Sherman (rep), State Controller Betty Yee (rep) Assemblyman Dante Acosta (rep), Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Battalion Chief Steven Ruda, Police Captain Bryan Lium, Commanding Officer Los Angeles Police Department and Judge Herbert Dodell, board member, to name a few.
On February 28, 2018, Operation Confidence hosted a Meet & Greet fundraiser reception . Admiral Rear Sandy Adams (ret) and former Councilwoman Jan Perry were guest speakers. The event took place at the Los Angeles City Club sponsored by Union Bank.
On October 19, 2018, Operation Confidence hosted another fundraiser aboard the Carnival Cruise Line, "Proud To Be A Veteran" a 3-day cruise to Baja, Mexico
All proceeds go to Operation Confidence Turning Point Housing Program building fund .
As a pharmacist, Jimmy McGee strove to provide comfort and care to his patients through careful formulations of treatments that could potentially save their lives. He first got his start in the field of pharmaceuticals while studying at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.
This provided him a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the VA Hospital of the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. After receiving his PharmD in, he soon rose in the ranks within the VA hospital and was instrumental in many pharmaceutical innovations such as the Unit Dose System which provided the proper calibration and preparation of intravenous medications. This revolution in science is now the standard of protocol used in all major hospitals. Jimmy McGee’s wide-ranging experience led to his affiliation with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Here he was able to provide professional representation to pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory care settings.
For nearly twenty-five years, Jimmy McGee served the United States military at the VA hospital until his retirement. After retirement, Mr. McGee decided to take the wealth of knowledge that he received from his many years of experience and began to teach Pharmacy Technology at California Paramedical and Technical College. Over the next several years he served as the Assistant Director of Life Sciences at Canyon Springs High School, Program Director of Pharmacy Technology at Kaplan College and American College of Healthcare.
In addition to his extensive service toward veterans and students of pharmaceuticals studies, Jimmy McGee tirelessly serves as a high school football coach for several communities throughout both Los Angeles and Riverside County. Known as “Coach McGee”, Mr. McGee has led several high school teams to the CIF championship. As a high school coach, Coach McGee has mentored many young men on and off the field and has seen several students successfully go on to pursue their academic and athletic dreams at the collegiate level. Jimmy McGee is an active member of California Coaches Association and the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Jimmy McGee attributes his success to the many positive influences that he has had throughout his life. His steadfast faith in his Heavenly Father above has been the biggest contribution to his various accomplishments. Also, the love, strength, guidance, and graciousness of his grandmother, mother, sister, and various mentors have been an enormous source of inspiration in his life.
Served in the US Air Force in both ground and airborne electronic surveillance.
He is also a service-connected disabled veteran who has spent 15 years serving homeless, addicted and incarcerated veterans.
Matt has been awarded the Assoc. Vietnam Veterans of America Member of the year award, Chapel of Four Chaplains humanitarian award and VietNow
award, where he was Chairman of the Veterans Incarcerated Committee.
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Mr. Nardi has over 40 years of experience in independent professional practice and hundreds of projects to his credit varying in scope and type, including historic renovation, multi-family and custom housing, skyscrapers and office buildings, manufacturing facilities and educational intuitions with special emphasis on sustainable design.
Mr. Nardi’ has offered to build Operation Confidence a network of housing for our Veterans who are disabled and homeless.
Marlene Grandeson as a Real Estate Broker her career has spans for over 30 years as owner of one of the largest real estate brokers in Los Angeles and founded and run a realtor training school as well as a mortgage brokerage.
Operation Confidence welcomes Ms. Granderson leadership for its Operation Confidence Turning Point Housing Project and Development.
In 1984 he began his career with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a part-time Chaplain. He later became full-time and served as Chief of Chaplains for 15 months. Dr. Herring was commissioned as a Chaplain in the U. S. Army Reserves in 1985, and in 1990 became the staff Chaplain at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where he retired in 2010.
Retired Rear Adm. Sandra Adams served as a Navy officer for 34 years. Originally from Michigan, she has lived in Southern California for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts from the Naval War College.
Chaplain Brenda Threatt,
Chaplain Threatt, also served as the shelter system manager with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Before that, she was director of veteran outreach, acting as sole liaison to the veteran community for the City of Los Angeles
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