About the Founder
(Founder/ Chairman of the Board)
Javonta was born on May 13th 1992 in Cottageville, South Carolina as the youngest child of James I and Brenda Smith, with an older brother James Smith II and older sister Jessica Wade. Throughout his life, Javonta has always been a very goal-oriented, passionate, and dedicated individual who wouldn’t take no for an answer in his pursuit for success. Javonta graduated from Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina in 2010. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Ship’s Servicemen with tours onboard the USS Gettysburg homeported at Jacksonville, FL, and USS Antietam homeported in Yokosuka, Japan He even had a brief stint at the United States Naval Academy graduating from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI in 2014. Despite a successful career, he ran into a dark place in his life suffering from substance abuse, depression, and PTSD which led to his attempted suicide in November of 2016. Ultimately this led to him being medically retired in July of 2018, after serving his country honorably for the last 8 years.
Present day, Javonta is a father of two boys Christopher and Cairo and is raising them with his girlfriend Marissa in San Diego, Ca. His selflessness and desire for helping others has always been a very adamant quality of his and has continued to lead him to other avenues in ways he can help others. His goal for Breaking Free Inc. is to provide a safe, healthy, and family-oriented safe haven for those who need a loving support system to help them through the tireless journey that is overcoming mental illness. “I’m blessed and humble by the second chance that I was given at life, and with that I’ll never take this life for granted again because I see how quickly it can all be over. I was at my lowest point when I decided that life wasn’t worth living anymore and I hung myself by a rope expecting to leave this world and a myriad of problems that at the time, I believed I could never rise above. I’m a living testimony to all those that’s at their lowest, all of the people that feel that they can’t go on, I’m here to say keep pushing forward no matter how slow, or how small as long as you keep going forward, Don’t Stop, Don’t Turn around just keep moving forward I promise it’s light at the end of the tunnel”.
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Our Board Members
Our activities are overseen by a group of well-qualified individuals. Our diverse staff members have ties to the community, and thus possess the unique ability to relate to the target demographic. Additionally, our Board of Directors is comprised of a professional group of talented individuals who are dedicated to committing their time and resources to building a stronger community
Asha C. Givens, MSW, LMSW
Asha is a Licensed Master Social Worker and military veteran with 4 years of proven experience working with at-risk youth and adults in impoverish communities. Her career is supported by a Master of Social Work Degree with a health/mental health focus and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Asha is passionate about serving people, of all ages suffering with behavioral health issues, along their journey to restoration. Asha uses her life experiences to connect with clients during therapy. Asha has a deep interest in assisting individuals as they work through their everyday challenges. Asha understands the sensitive nature of counseling so she believes in serving with empathy and integrity. Asha lives by the quote,
“No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers.”-unknown