A descendant of survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915, retired attorney and humanitarian James Batmasian has found inspiration to help others from numerous sources. Biblical passages such as “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12:48) and “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) inform his life's philosophy. Additionally, James Batmasian considers reading The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren to have been a “life changing event.” This book encouraged James Batmasian to create something that would improve the lives of others within his community and also provide a template for others to adopt.
After interacting with civic leaders and discovering what his community needed, James Batmasian founded PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership). Operating under the philosophy that everyone is born with unlimited potential, this group reaches out to youths in underserved areas. Volunteers, businesses, and government agencies offer their time and resources to this group so that children can receive job training as well as education for GED courses and crime prevention.
Along with leading PROPEL, Jim Batmasian assists numerous other organizations. He donates money for disaster relief, for example, and he prefers being hands on in helping persons in need. Following Hurricane Katrina, he relocated more than 30 families from New Orleans to south Florida and provided them rent-free housing. He also sits on the boards of numerous organizations and dedicates himself to “total community development.”
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