About The Urbane Flower Project
"Our Mission Is Simple. Get Planted- Spread Seeds Of Change!"
The Seed. The Urbane Flower, created by Heather Gaylord in 2014, started as an online community for women offering monthly articles on spiritual growth & personal development. A year later, The Urbane Flower evolved into a project when Heather realized the real work was outside of the virtual space.
Getting Planted. In January of 2016, the now established Urbane Flower Project took a laser focus on the issue of Domestic Sex Trafficking due to the alarming rise of cases throughout Metro Atlanta, specifically in DeKalb County. On Women's Day in March 2016, The Urbane Flower Project hosted an open forum on sex trafficking with panelist from the International Human Trafficking Institute, Centers for Disease Control, MARTA, Out of Darkness, Wellspring Living, Journalist Alisha Gordon, and South DeKalb Police Precinct Commander, Major K. D. Johnson. The goal of the discussion was to inform the community of the issue, start the conversation and take action.
Spreading Seeds of Change. The Urbane Flower Project hosted a series of community meetings throughout the Spring of 2016 to plan and execute community-wide Summer outreach called 'TUF Nite Out: Save Our Girls.' The objective was to increase awareness of Domestic Sex Trafficking within the community and engage the women and girls on the street. With the help of over 40 volunteers, TUF Nite Out reached over 175 women throughout Metro Atlanta giving them much-needed resources and information on how to get help.
In April of 2017, The Urbane Flower Project began hosting 'TUF Words,’ a monthly empowerment and supportive gathering for women in Metro Atlanta. TUF Words promotes personal growth for women who come to share life experiences and learn effective methods of growth and change.
"All things work together..." In 3 years, The Urbane Flower Project has been continually cultivating every seed planted. We look forward to more growth and perpetual seasons of a full bloom ahead. TUF Project incorporated in 2017 to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. TUF Project, Inc. is here to serve women and girls who want to grow through life.
Heather M. Gaylord is a social advocate and change maker who believes in making a difference hands on. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Alabama State University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgia State University.
She serves as a member of the Georgia Cares Speaker's Bureau, which is a statewide organization serving victims of child sex trafficking throughout GA. Heather was also featured in a Voyage ATL in February 2018 for TUF Project's work in the community. In February 2019, the NFL recognized her as an ‘Unsung Hero’ to celebrate her essential work on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention.