Barton and Lori Chelf became volunteer partners with World Relief Jacksonville in 2014, they saw the essential need for sustained ongoing support by many refugees at the completion of their 90 days of government funding. Despite their successful professional careers, Barton and Lori’s hearts were touched by the plight of the refugees and after feeling helpless to provide the necessary support while managing a full-time career, Lori quit her job to help refugees full-time. In the fall of 2015, Barton and Lori sold their condo on the St. Johns River and moved into a low end apartment complex to live among the refugee community. This move enabled them to provide support, to facilitate the learning of life skills and to build lasting friendships with refugees from all over the world.
While living among refugees, they experienced the frustration that rippled throughout the refugee community because many had a difficult time understanding the legalities of rental agreements, how to navigate the communication barriers due to language differences and American standards of household management. These are the life skills that can only develop over time through sustained support and sharing life together.
In 2017, Barton and Lori Chelf founded two 501(c)(3) non-profits, AS IT SHOULD BE, Inc. and Beyond90, Inc. AS IT SHOULD BE is the parent non-profit organization of Beyond90. AS IT SHOULD BE is a faith-based non-profit organization that oversees and administrates the Family Self-Sufficiency Program that supports the refugee families that live in Beyond90 residences. Beyond90 residences are either owned or managed by Beyond90, Inc. Beyond90 is a humanitarian non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide supportive transitional housing to refugees as a tool to assist them in their journey toward self-sufficiency and integration into American society.
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