Elisabeth Omilami is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, one of Atlanta’s most historic human services organizations founded by Omilami’s father, the late civil rights Hosea Williams.
Mrs. Omilami is also an accomplished stage, film and television actress with over 30 years of experience as an artist. She is also a human rights activist and often lends her voice and passion to advocate on various social issues, including poverty, hunger and shaping policies that do not deny the poor access to equal opportunity. Under the tutelage of her father, Mrs. Omilami has been a foot soldier in the civil rights movement since a very early age. She credits her exposure to “leaders who lived their lives for a cause more important than themselves” including Dr. Martin
L. King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has shaped her life and continues to inform her decisions today.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Omilami and her husband Afemo, Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless has expanded to a year round human services organization with programs that touch over 180,000 people annually. HFTH’s “Homeless Prevention” program is an award winning initiative credited with helping place thousands of families in permanent housing. The organization’s disaster relief activities have recently been commended by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and reach far beyond Georgia into Alabama and Tennessee. HFTH operates the largest food bank in the region that supports families directly with nutritious emergency food.
The Omilamis, assisted by thousands of volunteers, hosts an annual Holiday Dinner Series on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Easter Sunday. During these massive community events, thousands of families in need are provided with an all you care to eat healthy and hearty meal, medical clinic, haircuts and barber/beauty services, clothing, toiletry and personal grooming products for free. Children are treated to a kids-only party area complete with kid-friendly entertainment and an educational component.
Additionally, her work on the international stage has led to the opening of a school in the Philippines, medical missions every year in Haiti, and the financial support of an orphanage in Uganda.
As an actress, Omilami has been seen recently in “The Blind Side” alongside actress Sandra Bullock, in the Lifetime TV special “Marry Me” and at the Alliance Theatre in Janice Shaffer’s stage play “Broke”. An accomplished playwright, Mrs. Omilami’s original play “There is A River in My Soul” will experience a revival and she is working on providing arts programs for the underprivileged through her ‘Summer Arts Camp”. She is proud of her two children, Awodele and Juanita, and granddaughter Kamaya, and loves working daily with Afemo, her husband of 36 years, in their ministry to the poor and needy of the world.
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