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Arnita DeShields is currently enjoying her role as an Educator for youth. She is the CEO of Arnita DeShields Consulting Firm; her services have been contracted out to a variety of agencies since 1999. Arnita is the Founder of Butterfly Empowerment Services Transform (B.E.S.T.) – supportive services for abused women, men and children. She also has a health and wellness business called It Works which consist of diverse products that are changing people's lives for the better. Arnita is the Founder and CEO of Go 2 Prayer which encourages people to pray without ceasing. Over the past 3 years, Arnita has served as a board member (Director of Public Relations) for Broken Wings Literacy Center; a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting people of all ages, in every area of their life. On April 6, 2019 she was awarded Women of the Year by CHOICES, Incorporated for her achievements and community service.  She was also selected by the Creative Arts Lounge and Media Center as a successful woman entrepreneur, in their 2020 Women Preneurship Calendar.    

Arnita has a passion for helping victims of domestic violence, community development, outreach and empowering individuals in all areas of their life. Arnita has been practicing social work and counseling since 1987. She has served her community as a leader and member of the Camden County Commission for Women, a member of the Senior Advisory Council for the Aging, Church Health Liaison for Virtua Health System and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has faithfully volunteered helping victims of domestic violence and is the Founder of I’m Free Ministries, where she implemented a ministry that provides housing and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children, located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. She was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Medal for her dedication to community service.

Arnita has been active in a variety of Christian ministries since she was a child, and continues to preach and teach under Arnita DeShields Ministries. She is a member of Victory in Christ Christian Center, in Westville, New Jersey, under the awesome leadership of Bishop John & Pastor Isha Edmondson. She is also grateful for other great leaders that have covered and mentored her in ministry. 

In 2006 she started New Beginnings Radio Ministry on WTMR 800AM in Camden NJ and re-emerged in 2009 on Radio One’s Praise 103.9, Philadelphia's inspiration station. In 2007, Arnita became Co-Host of Battle for Life, a prayer outreach TV ministry that aired on the Virgin Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2011 she became the host of New Beginnings Prayer Outreach TV Ministry that streamed and was on air, in Philadelphia, Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina and Northern GA. It is a ministry designed to encourage believers and non-believers alike through exhortation and intercessory prayer "on the air" and with lessons from God's Word on how to let go of the "old" and embrace the "new", and how to avoid getting trapped in "what is", instead of positioning oneself toward "what can be" . . . Theme is “Remember Every Day Is A New Beginning” - 2nd Corinthians 5:17.

She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, where she received a Masters of Social Work, and a 1990 graduate of Villanova University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences; her major was Communications. She is presently attending International Miracle Institute in Pensacola, Florida for a Doctorate in Christian Theology.

She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where she resides with her son, Joseph Emmanuel. She is also referred to as Lady, which is a nickname that was given to her from birth in honor of her late Grandmother, Lady Lee Oden. Arnita is so grateful for her loving parents, Mary Elizabeth DeShields and the late Ranzo DeShields. She is blessed to be the youngest of ten siblings, and loves both her family and friends dearly. She enjoys writing poetry, sharing her gift of spoken word, sacred dancing, reading and more. Arnita is an international Author and Columnist for SCOOP USA. Her life scriptures are Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me and Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing shall be impossible!