Welcome to the Author's site for Joyce Godwin Grubbs; Author From the Grassroots.
The Author's platform is based on her expansive experience as a "People Person" professionally and throughout her life. The author spent years working as a Domestic Violence, Rape Sexual Assault Counselor with a nursing background. It impacted her desire to write and inspire others about positive actions and solutions.
She worked with patients in residential psychiatric facilities for adults and children; as well as clients in addiction programs. This gave her the basis for exciting and varied experiences to draw on for her stories and a desire to champion the victims into survivors through her writings.
The Author and her sister
Officer Trula Godwin
Working with her sister, Trula Godwin, a decorated pioneer policewoman, was especially rewarding. They both loved to be of service to those who choose to "walk on the wild side" in the inner city, as homeless and street people.
The author was privy to many confidences, and involved in many out of the ordinary experiences, in cooperation with the police. Together they worked with the people who make up this world of shadows hidden too many in today's society.
TO READ MORE ABOUT TRULA
( Pictured below) http://www.thetrulagodwinproject.webs.com/
(Trula was inducted into the Iowa Women's Archives housed at the Library of the University of Iowa posthumously).
The author, Joyce Godwin Grubbs is founder of The Trula Godwin Project. It is a 100% volunteer project to help victims move thru the underground to escape abuse be it domestic violence or rape sexual assault. There has been a sense of giving back for help family members received in her lifetime. This work continued until July of 2015.
Mother,next to Future Author, and Standing is Sister Trula, future pioneer police woman.
JOYCE GODWIN GRUBBS
In 1982 the author co-founded Project FINISH, a housing concept for mentally ill adults living independently in the community. At it's peak, it had 114 living units in two states . Following the successful establishment of that program, she was solicited by the State of Iowa Department of Human Services to present at a Conference on starting housing initiatives for Mentally Ill in a community.
1984 was a Red Letter Year
She also reveled in her sister, Police officer Trula Godwin's, recognition as one of the top five women in law enforcement. Trula also won an Award from the International Women's Police Association for heroism.
Trula is a pioneer as a woman police officer and is recognized in the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa recognizing Influencial Women in Iowa's history.
That same year the author's step-father, Dr. Willard M. Smith, was recognized as International Chiropractor of the Year, and her mother was honored by the Women's Auxilary of the International Chiropractic Association.
1984 touched the author's life with the recognition that her family had indeed, moved the family up in terms of overcoming past challenges . The family no longer lived under the shadow of social stigma of poverty, but rather enjoyed a general acceptance and one could see an upward direction for the family to continue .
Joyce and "Doc" (Dad) Mother and Trula
1984-1985 was a red letter year for our family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S LEGACY STORIES AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE.
The author's varied work experiences over the years, often holding two jobs to help finance the start of the non-profit, Project Finish, brings a wealth of experience to her stories. Her stories are drawn from her background in nursing, community organizing, advocacy for Domestic Violence and Rape Sexual assault victims.
As a business owner in the wellness field and massage therapy, she created unique connections to authors, politicians and sports figures.
This cornucopia of experiences has resulted in more than sixty legacy stories about people experiencing real lives of; Homeless; abused; disabled; judicially compromised; pimps; prostitutes; and the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
She has met Presidents and prominent politicians, famous and infamous, and was privileged to know many unique people living their lives as survivors and some underground for protection.
AND THEN THERE WAS THE "YEAR OF THE POLITICAL DABBLING"; BEING A CANDIDATE WAS BETTER THAN WINNING. I SHOULD HAVE GONE INTO BUSINESS AS A FUNDRAISER.
Involved in public speaking and active in politics; including as a candidate for public office at the city level of government.
Pictured (left) at her most successful
"Celebrity Auction Fundraiser"
She welcomed donations from:
Dolly Parton-- --
Congressman Tom Tauke, --
Actress Elizabeth Taylor,
Burt Lancaster -
Linda McCartney (wife of
Beatles Paul McCartney)
President Bush '41
and numerous others.
Godwin-Grubbs is best known for championing controversial issues including domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, and as an independent advocate for the homeless and mentally ill.
As a candidate for City Council even the youngest constituents were heard. This young man wanted to meet the President (George H. W. Bush) forty-one. The author took him to a political barbecue on a farm in Iowa. He made friends with Mrs. Barbara Bush as well. Read about it in the author's Legacy story, "Behind Every Bush (President Bush, that is).
The Author and her husband met at Oklahoma State University 1961.
With three children and eleven grandchildren, her husband of more than fifty years has been at her side through thick and thin, success and failure. You might enjoy the legacy story of the "Blip on Our Marital Radar".They continue to build on their common Oklahoma background and "in common" family challenges from childhood.
Her's is a lifetime worth exploring. Her humor as well as her insights, continue to encourage everyone to find the best in their lives, and to pass it forward. Her legacy stories are forthright and unconventional in their down to earth "tell it like it is approach.
The author, Joyce Godwin Grubbs, currently resides in Iowa with her husband , a retired teacher and coach and fanatical supporter of Greyhound adoptions.
She remains tightly attached to the cousins and relatives of her Oklahoma childhood who experienced many of the adventures and disasters of the time.
Her three children are grown and live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio. The challenge to them is to continue the Legacy of the family and record it for generations to come.
"Life is not a journey meant to end with a pretty body tied up in a pretty package, but rather to come skidding in broadside, at full speed and out of breath shouting; "Wow, What a ride". (Borrowed).
This author has lived such a life. Now turned 72, this babe of the forties grew up in the segregated south so poor, her white family rented from a black landlord. In the segregated south of the forties, that was poor.
Some of the interesting Legacy stories are of the "Salt and Pepper Team" concerning her enduring friendship with Dr.Ida "Pepper" Johnson, and the author is known as Salt. The two were mutual combatants against the naysayers in the inner-city works in Davenport, Iowa when the two were fighting to help get affordable housing and services for the homeless and "in-need" low income. They remain supportive in efforts that are ongoing to assist those in need. Dr. Ida has received many commendations and recognitions nationally and through many organizations and educational institutions.
In childhood the author's extended family had many members who were dysfunctional, struggling with problems ranging from domestic violence, divorce, alcohol abuse to illiteracy . This led , in some cases, to sexual abuse and a need for the author to learn coping skills far beyond her years.
But, the author has found humor, love, strong work ethic, and the love of God made her a valuable person.
Life rewarded her with a loving husband, devoted children, and a new generation of 11 grandchildren who call her Grandma Lady.
As a wife, mother of three, grandmother of eleven, and lifelong champion of the underdog, there are still struggles in her life path. The author now enjoys knowing her family is secure, functional and making a difference in the world around them.
Author Joyce Godwin Grubbs 72nd birthday celebration was focused on being with her three children for the occasion.
MEMORIES OF THE HEART INCLUDE:
A listening heart and ear to the disabled, elderly, street people, mentally ill, dis-possessed, and a commitment to action rather than complacency, led to her nomination for the IOWA AND INTERNATIONAL DIANA AWARD.
Winning the Iowa DIANA Award led to being entered into international competition and she placed in the top five in International competition.
BEN CABLE , EDITOR AND CEO,
CABLE MUSE NETWORK
SELECTS JOYCE GODWIN
GRUBBS FOR the
CABLE MUSE NETWORK AWARD