MARYLAND, January 07, 2018 – The University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business student Lumnwi Audrey Awasom today announced the formation of Noble Uprising Inc., a groundbreaking philanthropic approach to supporting job creation for women in homeless shelters through workforce development programs and business partnerships. This new approach will bridge the gaps between education,  opportunity, and employment for impoverished women in the state of Maryland.

Founded by Lumnwi Audrey Awasom, Noble Uprising empowers women in shelters with job readiness skills, training, and sustainable job opportunities that enable them to be successful in the job market. Audrey and two other students founded The One Heart Project during sophomore year in college. The One Heart Project, which served as the pilot program for Noble Uprising, was successfully able to positively impact 50+ women experiencing homelessness in Montgomery Avenue Women's Center.  The Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen awarded the project with a congressional citation and the Walmart Foundation sponsored the project.

Sonji Greene Vazquez, a One Heart Project graduate stated, “after unforeseen circumstances that led me to the shelter, the One Heart Project was a source of hope and positivity in my really jacked up situation.  Due to my interactions with genuine individuals who hoped the best for me, it gave me the motivation to want the best for myself." Sonji is now working with the Noble Uprising team as a community consultant for incoming homeless clients.

“In Maryland, where we have one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, there are over  7,300 people experiencing homelessness,” said Lumnwi Audrey Awasom, Founder, and CEO of Noble Uprising.  “This number excludes the 29,000 individuals during the fiscal year of 2016 who received emergency shelter or prevention services, and other outreach support. Noble Uprising was created to support and invest in those who lack the opportunity to invest in themselves. [1] It takes the support and dedication of those in the community to end homelessness and poverty. Noble Uprising is my first step in doing so.”

Audrey is joined by the following five team members which composed of students and business professionals who are dedicated to empowering homeless women through Noble Uprising Inc.

  • Feisal Iddi, Chief Financial Officer, studies Accounting at the University of Maryland Robert H, Smith School of Business

  • Mark Schellhase, Technical Administrator, studies Computer Science at the University of Maryland

  • Jathselle Pier-Louis, Marketing Coordinator, studies Digital Media and Web Technology at University of Maryland, University College

  • Monia Bonkoungou, Campaign Director, studies Biological Science at the University of Maryland, College Park

  • Sonji Greene Vazquez, Community Outreach Consultant, The One Heart Project Graduate


About Noble Uprising Inc.

Noble Uprising is a non-profit organization that empowers women experiencing homelessness through career readiness seminars, workforce development programs, and sustainable job opportunities. Through corporate partnerships, we cultivate lifelong skills for our clients to maintain a competitive edge in the job market. We hope that this philanthropic approach to support job creation for homeless individuals and economic growth in Maryland will decrease the number of women in homeless shelters.  Learn more at and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contact:
Jathselle Pier-Louis
Marketing Coordinator, Noble Uprising Inc.  |   

[1] Point in Time Survey October 2016 by Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness