by Rhodesia Muhammad
Contributing writer – @rhodesiamuhamma
The Power Of Thought
First comes the thought, the vision, and then comes the action, there is no waiting period.
As Bro. Dempsey Muhammad was preparing breakfast at the group home he worked at in 2011, a thought came to his mind… “I can do this myself,” he said coming to the realization that he no longer wanted to work an eight hour job that wasn’t fulfilling.
That’s all it took, he said, a thought and that thought became real for the 43-year-old owner of Maphantom, Inc. A business he began in 2012 in Washington D.C. that provides housing for people with behavioral issues, drug abuse, alcoholism, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and so forth.
He’s also a Muslim in the Nation of Islam at Muhammad Mosque No. 4 in Washington D.C. Bro. Dempsey credits his success ultimately to Allah (God) but said if it were not for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reiterating the importance of making our word bond, he wouldn’t have his business today.
Grand Master Samuel Scott was teaching me about the power of thought. After talking to him a few times, I wrote down specifically…I will open a group home this year.”
“It was January 1, 2011 that I began writing my goals down,” said Bro. Dempsey. “All I knew is that I wanted to open a group home but had no idea how. A mentor of mine, martial arts instructor Grand Master Samuel Scott was teaching me about the power of thought. After talking to him a few times, I wrote down specifically…I will open a group home this year.”
He admitted his vision was clouded at first by the fact that he had no money and was in debt after falling behind on his car payments; A BMW he acknowledged he had no business getting at the time, but he wanted it.
He didn’t let his lack of finances deter him and he began his search for buildings for his group home.
“The guy wanted $5,000 a month for the use of his facility. Mind you, I didn’t have one dollar to put toward it and my job wasn’t paying enough,” he emphasized. “So, I wasn’t going to even bother looking at the property, but I had already given my word that I would at least check it out.”
The next day after viewing the property, my co-worker urged me to ask the owner if I could move in there for free until I could get the program up and running, he said.
“I looked at him and thought who would let someone stay on their property for free? But my co-worker insisted that I ask.”
“So, I gave that brother a call back and explained to him my vision and he said…yes. He let me move into his building until I was able to pay rent.”
By August 2012, he had gotten his license and his first client. His clientele comes through the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) in Washington, D.C. His contract with the government gives him access to clients that comes out of jail or psyche wards. He charges each occupant rent and his contract allows him to have employees and to get paid as well. Bro. Dempsey says he plans on doing this for rest of his life.
“I get groceries for them. They are provided cable and I have employees that wash their clothes. They’re provided resources that can help them with life skills. There’s a high turn over rate because sometimes they fall back into their old ways. However, some of them go on to live independently. Some of my clients have been with me for seven years and some as little as a month.”
Overall, Bro. Dempsey said he never let fear get in his way. Had he not had the courage to ask if he could move into that building, he says he would’ve missed out on his blessings.
“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. All of those sayings are real, but we don’t use that. Whether we’re in the mosque, whether we’re in the church, synagogue, or an atheist, we don’t follow the basic principles and they absolutely work in my life. I try to tell people about vision boards, goals, and thinking positive. Everything starts with thought. In the beginning was the word, it had to be a thought first,” he stated adamantly.
Bro. Dempsey has 30 clients now. He owns five facilities and each holds 6 people. He’s currently working on two more group homes.