Meet Venus

Venus is a mother of seven, author, award-winning real estate agent, and international motivational speaker from Augusta, Georgia.

In 2011, Venus received a phone call in the middle of the night from a prostitute that changed her life. The call catapulted her into one of the most challenging times she would ever endure, with her six children ranging in ages from one to fifteen years. In a matter of months as events unfolded, her then-husband was sentenced to 45 years in prison. A stay-at-home mother of six children, left with nothing and drowning in debt, Venus was launched into the workforce just trying to keep the bills paid and her children fed.

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“By sharing my story, I know that I will help others, especially women, who face adversity see that no matter how dark it may feel, there is always light at the end of the tunnel leading to endless opportunities.”


From the Book

“At midnight, the ringing phone on my nightstand startled me. Half asleep still, I clumsily grabbed the receiver, and whispered, “hello”. What I heard next had me sitting straight up in bed, as my world changed forever.”
“I couldn’t let anyone know what had happened behind the secrecy of our closed door. I wanted the world to only see the good side of Tripp.”
“Being abused is a tough thing to fully acknowledge and accept, especially when you love your abuser. It’s hard to explain this dynamic to others, but for as many bad things he’s doing, he’s also doing many good things. It’s an emotional roller coaster of confusion, disbelief, and denial. Deep down you truly believe you can love them more, and that action alone will lead to better treatment.”
“My stomach was in knots, tightening with every turn of the steering wheel. I prayed that she would be there when I got to the motel. I prayed that her story would change. I dreaded that it would not.”



The Venus Morris Griffin Scholarship Fund is helping children who have an incarcerated parent get an opportunity to go to college for free.

I see every day through the eyes of my children how hard and stigmatizing it can be to have a parent who is incarcerated. I also know how empowering it feels to be educated. I am combining both of these feelings to help give these kids a shot at a better life. A life that does not have to be defined by the poor choices of their parents.

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