Gloria Freeman, CEO
Gloria Freeman, founder and chief executive officer of Minneapolis-based Olu's Home, Inc. and Olu's Center, saw a critical need for community-based services, has dedicated her career to helping fill that need, and in the process become a successful entrepreneur.
In 1999, Gloria founded Olu's Home, a licensed care organization that provides residential and in-home services to the elderly and persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness.
The company operates nine group homes in the Minneapolis area.
Gloria's desire to serve those with disabilities and mental illness has roots in her
mother was a prominent public speaker and advocate for the mentally ill, and Gloria recalls accompanying her
mother on assistant housing visits.
Soon after opening her
first group home in North Minneapolis, Gloria
had found her
calling in helping those with developmental disabilities and mental illness live as fully and independently as they are able.
Working with health and social services professionals from a variety of disciplines, she
also quickly understood the importance of providing a holistic, integrated menu of services to support each client's physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs.
That also means helping clients learn to take care of themselves, and function in the community.
While developing her
has continued her
education by participating in the Small Business Administration's
Emerging Leaders Initiative, an intensive, MBA-level training program for executives of high-potential, small businesses in America's under-served cities.
In 2014, the national Initiative for A Competitive Inner City recognized Olu's Home
, on its annual, Inner City 100 list of fastest-growing, inner city companies in the U.S.
has also been honored by the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce