There are several hundred newspaper and magazine articles about the co-founders' projects, contributions and accomplishments in community development, empowerment and disaster relief in 9 states (Mississippi; Illinois, Indiana; Ohio, Michigan, Missouri; New York, Virginia, California and Washington, DC) plus the Bahamas, Canada and Switzerland. A few of those will be provided as links from this page. Letters of Support are provided on that page.
Betterton Seeks to Motivate is a great article by Kimberly Chievrue presents the overview of the Ultimate Destiny Community Empowerment Resource Center model. Kim was so moved by the results and accomplishments of the organizations and programs Betterton and his team produced that she now serves as one of the major coauthors and editors of the fourteen part Ultimate Destiny Success System. Kim has also authored about a dozen articles that Ultimate Destiny will use to introduce the world to Ultimate Destiny University and the Ultimate Destiny Success System.
The attached article presents the decision Betterton made to turn down a $250,000. Fellowship from HUD, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, in order to continue to develop and refine the organizations, programs and products that are now the “foundations” under the “castles in the air” presently known as Ultimate Destiny and Ultimate Destiny University.
While it was an honor to be selected as one of only 230 Community Builders out of 8,500 applicants, the program would have required Betterton to disassociate from any other program activities and he had too many commitments and too many pending major projects to be able to accept the offer.
This article includes a photo of Charles Betterton (co-founder of Ultimate Destiny), Susie Brown, (Executive Director of the United Way of Kankakee County who is now on the Ultimate Destiny advisory board), William Lucek, (President of Kankakee Community Development Corporation KCDC established by Betterton) and Tim Schmidt, (Director of the Kankakee Development Corporation) receiving a Governor’s Home Town Award from Illinois Governor Jim Edgar for the success of the Community Empowerment Resource Center Betterton had created and managed.
HUD, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, subsequently asked Betterton and the KCDC accept grant funding to design and deliver what evolved into an award winning microenterprise development, self-employment and entrepreneurship training program. The Community Resource Center is the largest prototype so far with 22,000 square feet and it is the most successful model Community Resource Center. The CRC has continued to operate for over fifteen years and has served tens of thousands of participants with programs on everything from personal and professional development, to community mobilization activities, and recreational programs in the gymnasium.