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POWERHOUSE SERIES: Simone Gordon

POWERHOUSE SERIES: Simone Gordon

Welcome to our January PowerHouse. We are excited to introduce Simone Gordon, better known as the Black Fairy Godmother. Simone is an online activist who helps women in immediate need. Her authoritative, no nonsense voice brings to light a stark reality and pulls together resources in real time. Her thriving social platform with over 7,000 devoted followers helps her touch lives and quickly step in to help women and children who need help. She's on the front lines and her followers help her change the world, one person at a time. 

We’re thrilled about this feature and cannot think of a better way to start the new year and decade as this woman speaks to the core of the Dwellosophy message. Dwellosophy in its purest form is about shelter. It’s about providing a space for yourself and your family to flourish and thrive. It’s about feeling at home in the world, safe, secure, stable. It’s also about feeling the stability of knowing who you are to your core, knowing what you’re made of and knowing in your bones no one can take that from you...ever. Simone gives women this chance.

It’s my honor and privilege to introduce you to Simone Gordon...a special sort of fairy godmother and in our mind, a shining star of Dwellosophy.

Imagine your typical fairy godmother...She comes to the rescue in your desperate moment of need, waves her magic wand and grants your immediate wishes. She surprises you and offers more than you would imagine for yourself.  She not only comes to your aid, but she sees you. She understands what you’re going through. She knows your pain points and wants to lift you up, remind you of who you are and that you are capable of greatness. 

That’s the fairy tale...here is the real deal!

Meet Simone Gordon. She grants wishes all day...every day. She has so many beautiful women she looks after...and yet she is one of them. 

Simone is a single mom. Her precious child has severe autism, he’s nonverbal and needs around the clock care.  She lives on a shoestring income, paycheck to paycheck. She works the night shift waiting tables until midnight, because that’s what it takes to make her life function. She’s up before 5:00a.m. to tend to her son and get them both ready for a day of school.  She is putting herself through nursing school because she has a dream and life changing goals that expand far beyond her present situation.

This is Simone Gordon and for virtually every moment between being a mom, student and waitress, she’s the Black Fairy Godmother...like Clark Kent in Gotham City, she’s impacting lives one human being at a time.

The Black Fairy Godmother (BFG) found her beginnings five years ago. In a time of dire need, she reached out to government agencies and nonprofit organizations, only to receive voicemail recordings with no immediate returned calls.  At the end of her options with recent job loss and on the brink of homelessness as a single mother to her autistic son, she turned to social media with a plea for help. Someone recommended she reach out to Reparations of Offerings. She joined the group and within five minutes she was receiving offers for food, money and trips to the grocery store.  This was the beginning for Simone Gordon’s vocation as “community organizer for instant aid”, aka Black Fairy Godmother. 

Inspired to help other women in immediate and urgent need, Simone started her own Facebook group with a few key volunteers who had come to her aid when she was in need. She told these women, “We’re going to transform lives. You’ve helped transform my life, let’s start doing this for others.”

“Safety and food, I made that my initiative.” Simone recognized the core issues and did something about them.

Simone Gordon is tapped into an under-served population of women of color. She’s filling a demand that’s virtually being ignored in this country: single moms in immediate need.  

  • She offers aid to an average of 10 women and families of color per week (depending on how quickly she raises the money). 
  • She has helped hundreds of women and children of color, including special needs families.
  • She helped place 20 women, all single moms, into college or trade school.
  • She helped rescue eight domestic violence victims in 2019 alone. 
  • In 2019 she helped over 200 women across the US, while working, going to nursing school and taking care of her son. 

Read that list twice. Simone is changing lives.

I became curious about her social media handle, her vision and her personal wishes and reached out to her.

How did you get the name “Black Fairy Godmother”?

“A woman I helped on Facebook was being evicted in Maryland. I remember my son was sick, I reached out to donors and said ‘we need $1,000 by noon.’  She was in the courtroom and received a call from a volunteer stating the money was in her PayPal account. She posted, ‘You were like my black fairy godmother!’...and the name just stuck.”

Her following went viral when a celebrity donor sent one of her mothers a six month supply of diapers and formula.  The young woman from Louisiana had lost her home in a fire, she asked for help with diapers and formula for her baby. She went live sharing her story that the Black Fairy Godmother and writer, Elizabeth Gilbert answered her prayers.  

That’s when Simone moved her platform from Facebook to Instagram.  Now she’s able to link with Instacart, Amazon & Target wishlists to get her families food, medical supplies, baby supplies and cash from coast to coast.  Through her network she’s also providing for immediate safety with housing and travel expenses for victims of domestic violence. 

“This is me. I do this 24/7, nonstop.”

When we experience the marrow draining stress of survival mode, we are not able to flourish. The Black Fairy Godmother takes care of the fundamental needs of women and children who are in need of a safe place with the basics of food, water, and shelter. She steps in and provides. She lays the foundation of home and then provides services to sustain it. She is the ultimate PowerHouse, helping at risk women create their own powerhouse from which to move from mere surviving and step into thriving.

“I want to build a strong community that’s better than the government. Government agencies take too long...Government run homeless shelters only allow women and children 3 weeks, that’s not enough time. I’m organizing people, places and things and getting women urgent resources.”  

“A lot of these women have been bullied, told they’re worthless and will never amount to anything.  I tell them, ‘NO! I’ve been there. NO! We’re going to change your mindset. NO! Let’s have people help you every step of the way.’”

“Everyone is coming from different unique circumstances and they think they’ll never be able to get out and my whole thing is...THEY WILL.”

Black Fairy Godmother doesn’t stop at solving the crisis. She gives them faith that everything is going to turn around. “After we help with the emergency, we follow up and tell them, ‘We helped with the emergency, now let’s make your life better.’” Simone created a proprietary process each woman goes through to help inspire and empower them to build a sustainable life. 

“We help shift their lives in 90 days, though some take up to six months.I guess my message touches them and they just go for it. They make vision boards and they accomplish what they want. These are dreams we’re turning into reality.”

Through her modest volunteer network, she offers counseling and resources for childcare, schooling, training and self care to empower them to create self sustaining lives. 

“A lot of these women don’t have self care. I put it in there to make them feel beautiful. It’s hard if you’re a single mom (with all of the demands), it brings you down.”


Being so acutely aware of the needs of others, I had to know, “How do you take care of yourself?”

“That’s funny you ask, I honestly don’t and I need to learn how to. I need to practice what I preach and get better at self care. My self care is different than the average woman.  I’m not as fortunate as others. My self care is just sitting in my room reading a book or my self care would be eating an ice cream cone or my self care would be just listening to music.”

Of course, our interview wouldn’t be complete without knowing what Black Fairy Godmother would wish for if HER fairy godmother granted her three wishes.  As you might expect, her wishes have less to do with her and more to do with helping others.

If Simone had a BFG her wishes would be:

  1. Have three transitional homes, one in New Jersey, Florida and California
  2. Build a hotline so women can volunteer from home
  3. Obtain my nursing degree

“I’m making wishes come true. I was these women 5 years ago. I can’t forget who I was 5 years ago and the goals I set for myself, as well.” Ideally, she’d like to attract angel investors to help her form a foundation to create a network of volunteers and transitional homes for women.

Where do you feel most at home?

“I am my home.”

This is everything. When you’ve been knocked down by life circumstances, you discover who you are and what binds the fabric of who you are. Everything is possible from here. You are your home.

What’s essential for your home?

“Stability.”

Stability.  How can life function without stability? Survival mode is living without the two the base levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: food, water, sleep, shelter and then safety: personal security, employment, resources, health. No one is able to thrive or flourish in survival mode.  It is only when we feel the stability, safety and security of home, we are able to thrive and contribute to making the world a better place. Every human deserves this and Simone recognizes this core truth and does something about it.

This is what makes Simone Gordon a PowerHouse. She is lifting women up.  She brings Dwellosophy to life by creating shelter and sanctuary in physical terms, then inspiring and empowering these women to know and feel their greatness, creating resilience and sanctuary on the inside, by offering real solutions and support.  

If you could offer words of wisdom to inspire other people on their path or in a tough place, what would you say?

“Don't ever give up. Don’t ever stop speaking up because someone will eventually listen.

Treat people right. Don’t be judgmental.The people you see at the grocery store, the car wash...see them as people. People who are working hard to better themselves.”

“It takes less than five minutes to change someone’s life and make someone smile.”

“Sometimes you meet someone whose passion, dedication and devotion leave you without words. Simone Gordon, Black Fairy Godmother is such a person. She gives of herself wholeheartedly, endlessly.  It’s rare.”


You works tirelessly,  I’m curious what fills you up?

“Nothing replenishes me, but the conversations I have with general people every day, that’s my only joy...and the joy I get every day hearing or seeing people that I help, get the help.

That’s the only thing that keeps me going.”

Now you know that there really is such a thing as fairy godmothers. If you have ever experienced instability or a violent household and overcome, or if you are thankful for your home and the warmth and joy it provides you and your family, then you understand deeply why Simone's work is so vital. You can make a difference by following her and sharing her call to help the women, the mothers, their children who find themselves homeless or a victim of abuse, or needing food, diapers or a ride to the home in the middle of a rainy night.. In real time, you can help. Simone makes it possible. Click the link below and follow her RIGHT NOW and then SHARE her message with your friends!

We’re so grateful for the work Simone is offering. She’s a powerful source of inspiration and empowerment, a true PowerHouse.  She brings the core of Dwellosophy out into the world, creating sanctuary for physical well-being and creating inner well-being for those who need it most.

Thank you, Simone! It’s been an honor to have you as a Dwellosophy POWERHOUSE!

To support (it’s secure, vetted and anonymous, if preferred) Black Fairy Godmother and her cause, go to https://www.instagram.com/blackfairygodmother/ 

By sharing her story, you are helping her and her network of those in true need.

“I am my home.” Simone Gordon

Apr 07, 2020

I truly felt like i had a fairy godmother each time Simone magically appeared when no one else would help me and my kids! What are the Odds of a stranger inboxing u telling u she got u and then mins later she really taking care of the problem… Its like she really had a wand in hand too lol….it dont get no better than that. My son has Nonverbal Autism…with a few other classic autism characteristics that make daily living chaotic at times but right when this pandemic hit …we wasnt ready, with school out i was short on things cause i hadnt prepared for us to be home all day everyday… Snacks was getting low…pull up box was looking empty and i lost my ID and had a small check to cash to get these things but the state of Alabama closed all offices meaning i couldn’t get a new ID .. Meaning i couldn’t cash my check…meaning no snacks and pull ups …meaning chaos on top of chaos tantrums that could lead to self harm and pain… Just like that our world stopped and then came my Fairy Black Godmother…and she was a autism mom just like me..that gave me hope. Now i know Supa heros are real. Thank u for everthing.

Rodgers Family
Apr 01, 2020

Words cannot express how I feel about this woman. When I thought it was all over and again I was at my weakest point in my life Simone came through for my daughter. My daughter is young she’s pregnant and she has pregnancy diabetes. She already had a miscarriage and it was hard. So this pregnancy meant the world to her and I. We thought everything was working now baby shower was supposed to be April 18 we had no worries. Then coronavirus struck out world canceled the baby shower last money that we didn’t have she worked so hard to have a baby shower. I reached out to Simone and she said don’t you worry that’s why I am here We will get through this together never heard of a virtual baby shower she and her flowers did so much for my daughter it’s unbelievable. If you think there’s not any more good people out here in the world she proves that there is still people out here who cares pick up yet we were like to thank you for everything that you’ve done for us and I assumed to be a little girl Bella. My heart is overjoyed If there is anything we can give back to help someone please let us know thank you

Shayla Gaines
Mar 24, 2020

All praises to the most high and to the Wonderful Black Fairy Godmother i didn’t know if I was coming or going with being pregnant hours being cut loosing my apartment because i wasnt able to make ends meet,my world took a major shift..Ppl in this world are not as understanding when it comes to hardship when we all fall short at some point in time..BUT THERE ARE EARTHLY ANGELS IN THIS WORLD AND MISS SIMONE IS ONE A TOTAL STRANGER CAME IN AND BROUGHT LIGHT TO MY DARKNESS I HAVE BASICALLY REACHED MY GOAL HAVE BEEN APPROVED GOR AN APARTMENT WITHIN MY BUDGET AND NO MATTER IF MY HOURS ARE CUT AGAIN I WILL STILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD MY RENT THANK YOU SO MUCH MISS SIMONE FOR YOU KIND HEART AND UNDERSTANDING FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR YOU❤

ToniAlisha
Mar 22, 2020

Ive been going through a rough patch for awhile from not being able to do anything due to being high risk pregnant. Then having my son at 34 weeks, so its definitely been very rough financial times. Now we have this terrible covid 19 virus so it’s really been an extra struggle as I cant go out nor can my preemie. I met Simone through a friend, and her kindness and heart is genuine. She has given us much more than we asked. Because of Simone my baby is good on diapers for hopefully quite some time. Thank you Simone for your kindness and generosity we greatly appreciate it.
Sarah and baby Malikhi

Sarah
Mar 21, 2020

I, like a lot of families are currently struggling. Even more so during this pandemic. I haven’t been able to work for the past 3 months and even with my husband working 6-7 days/week, we still depend on food banks to make ends meet for ourselves and 5 children. COVID-19 has touched our family personally so we must self quarantine. We’re also faced with paying for medications (some we just can’t afford and can’t get) for our son. His asthma has been controlled and at bay for several years. We actually thought he’d “outgrown” it since he’s been symptom free and hasn’t needed medication during that time. In the past 5 weeks his “outgrown asthma” was severely exacerbated in the past month and landed him in the ER twice.
Facing the issues of having to self quarantine, losing the only income we have, medical bills and medications we can’t afford, and dwindling food supplies, panic started to set in. I knew we needed some help but asking for it is difficult.
I was strongly encouraged by @jenpastiloff to ask for help. Jennifer Pastiloff and I became friends after she awarded me an Aleksander Fund scholarship. She posted a message on Instagram encouraging her followers to comment if we were dealing with food insecurity and for others to help if they could. She provided a guilt-free and nonjudgmental platform for those needing help to receive it. She encouraged me to speak up since she knew my situation. I did and the response was overwhelming. Several compassionate strangers were generous enough to send my family what they could to help. I’m still overwhelmed and in awe of their generosity.
One of her dear friends is Simone Gordon. She’s famously known as The Black Fairy Godmother. I’ve been a follower, admirer, and supporter of the incredible work she does to assist families all over the country but I never dreamed my family would be on the receiving end of her generosity. After getting chastised by her for not asking her for help ☺️ she gave us enough money to feed my family for at least 2 weeks. I honestly can’t find the words. Thank you just isn’t enough. What she does for people in some of their most dire circumstances is beyond commendable. I love her and I haven’t even met her. She’s life changing. She’s life saving. She deserves a cape and an “S” on her chest. Simone is a Superwoman and a Saint.

Stephanie
Mar 20, 2020

Last week I posted a plea for a two-child baby stroller for a single Black mom. Destiny has a one-month baby girl, and an 18 month old boy, as well as a four year old toddler and a six year old daughter. I’d put a post on my neighborhood page, with zero response. This time it was different. Within minutes of my post Simone asked me to PM her. When I did, she told me she was sending money through her organization for Destiny and her children. “Let’s make her day”, Simone told me.

It took me a long time to stop crying.

Destiny and her children have a three person stroller now. With no car, the lack of a stroller was limiting and now having a three child one means she and the kids can get to places they need to go. The money Simone sent was able to prove basic necessities like diapers and food, but also nursing bras, shirts for Destiny, swaddling blankets, bottles, socks, bibs, and clothes for tiny Daphne. Even toys for her brothers and sisters.

Destiny was happy about all of these things, but she was also relieved. It’s hard enough adjusting to being a new mom, without also being worried about not having the resources for your children’s needs. Seeing the relief in her eyes meant so much. I told Destiny it was her Black Fairy Godmother who had provided the money for her and her children. In the two years since I met Destiny in my classroom, I’d never seen her cry. She cried then, though, and I cried with her. Destiny isn’t alone, not by a long shot. She had a Black Fairy Godmother. I feel humbled by Simone’s generosity and trust. And I am blessed beyond words to witness the sisterhood and love behind her actions.

Thank you, Simone. ♥️

Johanna Gillan
Mar 19, 2020

Hello im KATHLENE and my handsome son is Yoshua he is nonverbal Autistic young man who makes my light shine and I would like to thank Simone bka the black fairy godmother this is her calling amd and gift to help others
I meet her through Facebook and she has been a diamond in the sky. Days where i wanted to give up she mad days seem like a breeze so i wantypu to know thank you. I want to thank all of the godmothers that helped me reach that goal for help with being sick with neruosarcoidosis and help continue to fight this battle and thanks to you all i can conplete this portions….

Kathlene and Yaya
Mar 18, 2020

Simone, you are an Angel. I have followed the author of Eat, Prey, Love .. for years, and she shared your page and from there I would read the stories and testimony’s if others, not knowing that I would ever be one to ask. And I did have to ask. Simone shared my story, and via her and her platform provided coats, Christmas presents, car repair and groceries for me in a matter of moments. I could never repay her kindness, but I can definitely let her know and the world know that she is doing amazing things. She is just one powerful force despite her own circumstances . I hope that she is given more resources, support, and as much attention that she can handle.

LaDonna L
Mar 18, 2020

My husband had a brain aneurysm right after our daughter was born and we lost everything. As I struggled to get him better and us out of a hotel, I crossed paths with Simone. I had just lost my mother and needed a strong woman to help me. She literally saved our lives. Simone has paid my rent, bought my kids uniforms and supplies and even made Christmas when I was sure we wouldn’t have one that year. If it wasn’t for her I would’ve missed a lot of meals and would have been evicted by now. She’s the most amazing, intelligent, loving person I know. She deserves all the positive energy and love the universe has to offer 💕.

Storm Rice-decay
Mar 17, 2020

Thank you so much for all your help you are truly heaven sent . Me and my family appreciate you in this time of need . I wish nothing but the best for you ❤

Chandler Henderson

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