Rhonda Hicks

Hear Me Roar

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April 2022 Issue
Photography by Mike Force Photography

 

Rhonda Hicks
House of DOLLS Foundation
Brunswick, GA

How did House of DOLLS Foundation get its name? My original name of choice was Pampered Princess, but the LLC was already taken. I didn’t really have a second name picked out, so I asked my husband. He suggested to include the name Dolls in it, so we put our heads together, along with my mom, and came up with the House of Dolls. I didn’t understand the deeper meaning of dolls until God revealed it all to me: DOLLS is not a word, it is an acronym for “Destined Ordained Little Ladies for Success” for the younger generation and “Determined Ordained Leading Ladies of Success” for adult ladies. The House of DOLLS Foundation is to create, encourage and motivate young ladies to become DOLLS in every aspect of life.

When did you first know you wanted to help young women? 

Growing up, I was the oldest child, as well as the oldest grandchild, so I was always made to be responsible and help my younger siblings and cousins. I witnessed my family helping others, so I was basically raised to be a helper and a servant of the most High. During my 20 years of service at Golden Corral, I found myself being a mother figure to some and a big sister to other of my fellow employees, as well as guests. I even had some of my older regular guests adopt me as their daughter and some as their granddaughter, giving me wisdom and guidance through my journey.

Have you ever taken a giant leap of faith? 

I left my job of 20 years on March 1, 2020, to focus solely on my vision and plans for House of DOLLS, a unique spa and party center for girls between the ages of 3 and 12. With the expectation of creating a successful business that would then allow me to open up House of DOLLS Foundation, which is a home economics facility for DOLLS of all ages, where they learn to sew, cook and clean. They also learn about personal hygiene, table elegance, hair, nails and skin care and more.

Each year House of DOLLS Foundation hosts Talent in Ties, Tutus and Tennis Shoes. The talent show helps us raise money to help two young ladies—one from Brunswick High and one from Glynn Academy—decorate their dorm rooms in their style! The girls we choose may not have had an easy life but still beat the odds to complete high school and then further their education by going to college. All the money raised goes to providing them with everything they need for a successful college year in their dorm. Some items include toiletries, small refrigerators, microwaves and laptops, if needed. Last year, due to COVID-19, we were only able to help one recipient. She had lost her brother and taken on a full-time job to help her mother through such a devastating time. She helped take care of her siblings, kept a 3.6 GPA and was chosen to go to the college of her choice. We look forward to Talent in Ties, Tutus and Tennis shoes growing bigger and better every year, so we can not only help the ladies, but choose one young man from each school, too.

What three words inspire you?

Resilient… In spite of everything I’ve been through, I have always been able to bounce back and learn from my mistakes and move forward to be a better me daily.

Imperfectly perfect…
Despite being imperfect, I am the perfect overseer of such a beautiful assignment and place of peace.

Unconditional love…
I was shown by my mother and grandmother to love others as Christ loved the church by accepting, forgiving and loving people for who they are, in spite of flaws they may have, and I do the same for myself. Everything I do is from the heart with no strings attached.

How do you manage to stay so positive through challenges?

Prayer and major support from family and friends! Pictures from the beginning up to now of all the parties and DOLLS we have served. Just seeing the smiles on their faces and remembering each party detail by detail and how much fun they had and hearing them say THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

What song are you most likely to sing at karaoke?

I would definitely need two selections: “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child and “Something Out of Nothing” by Jessica Reedy. I’m just so grateful that God chose me and saw me as the force behind Imperfectly Perfect DOLLS. To help reassemble and restore other dolls, like I once was.

What is your best memory of last year?

The best part of last year was during spring break. We were just getting over the first strain of COVID-19 and didn’t know how things were going to recover due to the fear of contracting the virus or spreading it. I felt as if this was the end of my business, and I was preparing to close the doors the following month. Then I received a call from the aunt of three young ladies to book a full spa treatment. They had visited us when we first opened while they were visiting for the summer. She told me that they hadn’t stopped talking about the House of DOLLS, or myself and my staff, since they left and were looking forward to coming back to Brunswick once everything was over to come to House of DOLLS. They promised to do well in school and get along with one another and House of DOLLS would be the first stop when they came to Brunswick. When they arrived, they were so excited to see us all, and they began to minister to me by telling me how much they love coming and spending time with me and my staff. We also did a rough draft of a commercial for House of DOLLS. I still have the video in my phone, which I play when I get discouraged or feel like giving up. On that day, it gave me strength to continue.

I always feel better when…

I’m able to help someone through what I have been through and see them be able to forgive those who wronged them—to see them achieve their goals, conquer their fears, and most importantly, fall in love with themselves. Self-love is the best love. Knowing that my story has encouraged others to pick up the towel they once threw in and use it to wipe their face and keep pressing towards their goals.

You can Hear Me Roar…
Encouraging women to live life to the zenith!

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