We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Austin-Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Real Organized Advocacy assists small residential care facilities get and stay compliant. Being compliant means the facilities are well maintained, staff are well trained and supported stakeholders, managers are well equipped to serve, and ultimately residents are treated as people first. My entire model of service is based on the person- first ideology. Everything we do is in support of the resident who may have physical, intellectual or age related disabilities. How facilities operate can change the quality of life of their residents.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Real Organized Advocacy helps long-term care organizations build advocacy into their practices and procedures. We assist residential care facilities, such as assisted living and home and community-based services, through assessment, corrective action, policy & procedure creation, facility development, and immediate or long-term planning. We also have products to assist with compliance and long term facility needs.

It’s been a great 16 months. ROA has developed a method of helping new facilities receive their licenses with 100% conversion which are great results. Facilities are passing Health and Human Services surveys or providing sound corrective action plans when corrections are needed with ROAs guidance. I’m proud the system works. I’m proud I listened to myself when I decided to quit working as a HHS surveyor. I’m proud I took all the skills gained working in non profits and the human services field and trusted myself. I’m proud of the help and support provided to me along the way and all the bold women who taught me along the way.

I started by letting facility owners know I was available to assist them. For months I would attend membership group meetings, help clients whenever they called, and developed a system to support the ROA framework. I didn’t feel like I knew anything for the first 2 years because there was so much to learn about being a Compliance Consultant let alone running a business. I also believe the experience granted me a knowledge base, which has shifted how I think and operate, as it helped push me pass that feeling of unknowing.

As someone who is still learning I would tell the world to give people time to become and develop. Not just professionally or in entrepreneurship, but in everything. Starting this business allowed me to become and step out of old iterations of myself that no longer supported where this life is going. My business will grow as a result because when necessary we pivot and move accordingly.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have a 6 year old pup whom I love dearly, so when it’s warm we go to MUTTS Canine Cantina,

My friends and I are foodies so depending on the day we could be at a Vidorra, Aunt Irene’s, Island Spot, or really anywhere because we like good food. We try different things which I’m really grateful for because it’s fun to expose yourself to different things.

Choose any lake in DFW and take a walk where there are walking paths. Participate in a concert or event of any type in Deep Ellum because we always have a good time when we do.

I love cigar lounges, KuNoma in Cedar Hill is cool.

Shop literally everywhere in DFW.

Go to the Improv, Top Golf, and find somewhere to paint ball,

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m highlighting all the women who have supported me in many capacities along my entrepreneurship journey. I’ve received so much support from Theda Redwine of Redwine Realty, Jacoi James of Black Women’s Wall Street, Latoya Barrow of Toya’s Task, Danita Harris of Guice Wealth Management, T. Jones, Kesha Thomas (LPC) & Cherri Dickson (friends), Loretta Darden (aunt), Janice Hill (MIL), Sylvia Moss (late grandmother), Verdene Austin (grandmother) and Shuan Moss (mother).

Website: Www.roaconsulting.services


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