QC Stone on finding your purpose and giving back

Since 2010, QC Stone has used her privilege and good fortune to help others in DFW. She is the president of The Source of Hope, an organization to provide vocational support and meals to low-income individuals. By reinforcing their skills, Stone believes The Source of Hope helps people get on their feet and rebound from adversity.

“We offer advanced education in the beauty industry,” Stone says. “We also have a clinic, where we treat skin and beauty conditions at a reduced cost. We have another program where we feed our community with home cooked meals. Any time we have extra ingredients from our restaurant sponsors, we make meals out of it.”

The Source of Hope helps put together meals for homeless people | Photo courtesy of QC Stone

Stone believes that the skills the students learn at The Source of Hope will stay with them for a lifetime.

“Our goal is to teach people how to fish, rather than give people fish to eat,” Stone says. “Because of the struggles I’ve endured, it’s very easy for me to bounce back.”

Throughout her life, Stone has faced multiple hardships, however, she has used what she has learned from her adversities to help others.

“I grew up in the orphanages in Vietnam,” Stone says. “My mother was struck by lightning, and she was unable to care for me. She gave me to an elderly couple and said she’d come back to get me. 12 years later, my family sought out for me. We built a fishing boat and went to this country. We went 13 days with no food or water.”

Upon arriving to the United States, Stone hit the ground running, however, the path to success wasn’t smooth or clear of any roadblocks.

“My success has been 31 years in the making,” Stone says. “I’ve failed twice. The first time was when my oldest daughter had a brain tumor. It wasn’t expected that she’d survive, but now, she’s a successful model and blogger in DFW. The second time was here, in Plano, where I became homeless for a short period of time.”

No matter how successful she becomes, Stone emphasizes the importance of gratitude and humility. Stone wants each of her Source of Hope students to feed homeless people and help others find their God-given purpose.

The Source of Hope is looking for volunteers this holiday season | Photo courtesy of QC Stone

“God allows people to go through some things so they learn how to survive,” Stone says. “Before you inspire somebody, you need to be of service. At some point, we all struggle, but you always have to remember where you were and how you got to where you are today.”