About Your Donations, Where & How They are used

GEMS Ministries a 501©3 organization whose vision is empowering people all over the world to shine. This is done through our mission to empower, equip, and motivate others to let go of what holds them back, embrace their true identity, walk out their future in confidence and purpose and let their light to shine.

Your generous support continues to help us reach our goal through some of our exciting programs:

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GEMS Girls Esteem Made to Shine!

Our cornerstone program started it all back in 2017 with me, my daughter, and her friends gathering in my living room to talk labels, worth, and peer pressures has expanded its reach. Through online videos, one-on-one coaching and ministering, and face-to-face events and gatherings, our mission continues to provide hope, support, and prayer to girls and women of all ages to promote healing through releasing the true worth, overcoming obstacles and walking in their true destiny.

Made to Shine Bags

Our GEMS made to shine bags are filled with necessity type items including socks, gloves, lip balm, flashlights, and other personal care items as well as jewelry and words of encouragement that we donate to women both in safe houses and on the streets to let them know they are not alone and how much they are loved and valued.

Breakthrough2Shine Scholarship Award

This annual scholarship is given to young girls pursuing education who have achieved excellence in building their future while overcoming obstacles in their life. We had our first scholarship recipient in 2020, Sydney Cope, who overcame a life-threatening brain surgery to achieve excellence in academics and sports to go onto university while standing strong in her faith in God.

Hope2Cope Fund

This fund was created in honor of Launie Cope, a beautiful GEM and friend of our ministry team who sadly took her own life on the heels of the loss of her beloved daughter. Her strength will always be remembered through this financial giving program. Whether donating to single mothers in need or partnership with other organizations such as The Friendship Room who feed the homeless provide a safe house to women escaping abusive relationships or Earth Angel Apothecary who focuses on training women on a trade or skill for employment, our goal is spread God’s hope and love and let them know they are not alone.

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Partnering together to shine!

GEMS Ministries believes in supporting other great organizations as we shine even brighter together! Here is a list of some of the amazing organizations we partner with and help support through our giving programs. Contact us for more information on how we can partner together.


We pray continued blessings on you today and always and remember to keep on shining!

You were truly made for it!


Leslie K. McElhaney
Founder and Executive Director, GEMS Ministries Inc.