“I thank God for giving me the courage to go out now to the highways and byways and help those other women and other kids. My name is Luekinna, Kinna for short” – Luekinna Hodges.

Luekinna Hodges was homeless at the age of 12, a survivor of abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction as a result of having no one in her corner. In response, Kinna’s Corner was created, a program and safe place for children and teens at risk for physical or sexual abuse. She is the founder and President of Kinna’s House of Love and a leader in Davenport, Iowa for women and girls who face sexual violence and adversity. Between hosting winter clothing and hygiene drives, events and therapy for parents and children, and cooking for between 40 and 80 people in need each week from her own kitchen, Kinna provides the support she needed as a child as a lifeline for her community.

Kinna was nominated by our Media Partner WQAD and attended the 2023 National Ceremony in New York City where she earned a silver finalist medal for her impactful community service in the Quad Cities.