We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
One of my most valued principles stems from Bible verse, Matthew 7:12 AMP which speaks about loving others and treating them in the same aspect that you would like to be treated. “So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets.” This is a grounding foundation that teaches you not to act from selfishness or injustice, but instead to continuously put yourself in the place of the other. It teaches the exercise of an impartial judgment, being candid, and just. . As difficult as it can be to love other selflessly regardless of their wrongdoing, this principle destroys the barriers of envy, slander, and unkindness. My organization comes across people from various walks of life. I constantly put myself in their shoes and try to do the most that I can; aiming to treat others as I would want to be treated. The simple act of kindness can uplift one in ways that you had no idea that could be possible. We are currently living in a world that is in dire need of progressive change. For this change to happen, individuals must change their hearts. I can only pray and hope that others start to walk out their lives treating others as they want to be treated. The world needs hearts full of selfless love, that are judgement free, and desiring to make a difference in the lives of others, to see impactful change.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I founded a local Nonprofit Organization called The Ascender’s Touch in May 2018. The journey that led to the formation of the organization was not easy nor was a comfortable onset. Years before, I was senselessly putting all of my time and energy into working full time for corporate America. While working for a Fortune 500 company, I began a new spiritual journey that rejuvenated my thought process and behaviors. I was no longer comfortable with the status quo of working in corporate America. I became compelled to do my part to assist those in need; even if it meant sacrificing my ambitions of climbing the corporate ladder. I started doing a solo ministry of gathering care kits for panhandlers, as well as, handing out cards of encouragement to strangers at bus stops. I would drive around to see if anyone was sitting at a bus stop that I could talk to about their life experiences to simply get an understanding of what they go through in their day to day. I’ve always carried an enlightened attitude, so talking to people comes naturally to me. As I took out time to do this, the main purpose of it was to let them know that they are not alone. Each card had a message that they are loved by Jesus and anything is possible with Him. I opened my heart to tell them a few of my life lessons, as they did the same in gracious return. To see their faces glow by the end of our conversation will forever be a highlight of my life. Completely priceless. I want to be a blessing unto others as I am blessed myself. To this current date, The Ascender’s Touch still specializes in providing aid to the local homeless, underprivileged children, and single parent family households. Since our last interview in Fall 2019, we started our Annual Christmas Toy Drive for abused children in Dallas County. With our contribution, over 2,000 children unexpectedly received Christmas gifts! We officially kicked off our program to provide aid for single parents last month. This aid goes toward a past due bill or the applied amount goes toward gift card(s) to assist the needs of their family. We are hoping to continue with our plans of hosting another clothing and food donation drive for the homeless this summer. Even with COVID currently around, we are excited to continue to make a difference one day at a time!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
More than anything, I love being surrounded by nature. Those close to me know that I will quickly chose to go to a nearby lake to kayak or simply go hiking at the Cedar Ridge Reserve in Cedar Hill as a form of meditation. I also have a true love for Downtown Dallas. That is the area that I would most certainly give a tour on. The city continues to grow at a fast pace and new venues seem to open up every few months! Deep Ellum is one of my favorite areas in Dallas. I love taking my friends and family to an amazing ramen spot called Oni Ramen on Ellum. The food is flavorful and overwhelming delicious! For day fun or night fun, you can check out the local bars in Deep Ellum for a great time like Trinity Cider! Punch Bowl Social is another establishment that I enjoy. They have an awesome bar, bowling, karaoke and food if you want to grab a quick bite! In the Design District, great arcade bar is Cidercade and it is located in the Design District. It is a venue filled with almost every type of arcade game that you can think of. I always like to challenge my friends to a friendly match! For those who are into art and museums, such as myself, the Museums of Illusions recently opened in Dallas. It’s a great place to take the family or to have a quick day of fun with friends. No matter what your preference is, there is surely something around Dallas that you can enjoy!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ultimately, I have to give all thanks and glory to God for leading me to the very place where I am today. It’s amazing how every life lesson and challenge truly mold us into the people that He created us to be. Without The Creator, I am nothing and with Him, I am everything that I need to be. I also would like to thank my mother and father for instilling in me certain life principles that have molded me as well. My father helped me to be strong willed and a determined young lady, which has stuck with me my entire life. As for my mother, she has been a prime example of a woman in Christ. She continuously taught her daughters to extend the love of Christ unto others. Throughout my life, I watched her walk out the words that we read in the Bible. Each day my mother goes into her job and stands on her feet all day long. No matter how tired she may be, if a customer is in need of prayer, words of encouragement, or physical gifts of kindness, she always goes out of her way to freely do so. Not everyone is fortunate to have living examples such as these. I am blessed to say the least.