Marsha Brown of CORE Inspirate

My Story

When I became homeless and had to separate from my children, I thought I would never forgive myself.

I felt ashamed, angry, scared, alone and stereotyped. It was the darkest time in my life.

But others started to help me get back on my feet. They helped me find a safe place to live and reunited me with my kids. Then I began to accept the support I needed. I turned my life around and made huge changes to overcome the obstacles I was facing and to face the trauma that had been holding me back. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

Unlock Your Potential, Surpass Your Struggles

Then I got an opportunity to give back and to be a voice for individuals that are often unheard. The shelter and the governor started a campaign to help people who were where I had been, so I volunteered to tell my story on video. Through the experience of telling my story, I began to feel more empowered and resilient than ever before. Friends and people I trusted encouraged me to continue sharing my story. And the audiences I share my story with would also tell me how they felt encouraged and empowered by my story. I discovered that sharing my story allowed others to discover courage and bravery to face their own struggles. 

Now I use the trauma and darkness that I faced to encourage others who feel invisible, unheard, and hopeless so that they can begin to live a life of health and transformation.

Your challenges don’t have to define you.

You Are Not Alone

Just because you are homeless doesn’t make your life hopeless. I had to learn that lesson in order to begin to break free. Fortunately I had good people around me to help me get back on my feet and guide me to where I am today.
I want to be there for you, the way they were there for me. That’s why I share my story and the experience I have gained. I want you to know, you are not alone through this life challenge. You may have fallen but through gaining support and encouragement, you can get through this.

I Serve People By

Listening Without Judgment

Answering Questions Honestly

Identifying a Person's Weakness & Strengths

Acknowledging Their Struggles & Breakthroughs


Christie McElhinney

MPA Principal
Third Sector Communication Strategies

“It has been my privilege to work alongside Marsha Brown for many years and come to call her a treasured friend. Marsha is an authentic, caring, change maker – a true powerhouse. We first met while working together on Close to Home, the Denver Foundation’s campaign to broaden understanding and mobilize civic engagement to help address homelessness in Metro Denver. As a founding member of the Close To Home Storytellers Network, Marsha generously shared the story of her family’s experience of homelessness, expertly weaving together hard realities with hope and a dose of her unfailing good humor. Whether speaking to hundreds of people on a big stage or a few people in intimate venues, her audiences were unfailingly captivated, their understanding that homelessness can happen to anyone crystal clear, and their commitment to be part of the change sparked. Marsha is a talented and motivational presenter, and I applaud and appreciate her commitment to using her skill and passion to inspire people to live their dreams and make our world a better place.”

Marcia Romero

VP Community Affairs Manager Colorado | Utah  U.S. Bank

“Compelling. Honest. Real. Marsha Brown is a pillar in the Colorado community whose story has inspired all who hear her message of tenacity and strength. When all the doors closed on her, she found a way to find an opening to keep going to support her family. From homeless to homeowner to business owner, Marsha’s story will move you, giving you the inspiration to find YOUR strength.”

Sia Chandler

Watch Me Grow Mentoring Program

“I met Marsha around 20 years ago. At the time, Marsha was working for a Non-profit organization, and was the teacher of a program for girls that were interested in self-preservation. She would show up on time and ready to teach a group of middle school girls every week. As the years progressed, Marsha moved on to work with funding community projects and through this platform, I have been so blessed to receive monetary assistance, and experience community connections for my own non-profit (Watch Me Grow). Marsha has been instrumental in suggesting and providing a variety of resources, helping us connect to the community, and creating networking opportunities that have made our annual event a huge success.”