Candice Cruz

It was Candice sincere desire to help others in need that enabled Candice to open her heart and home to homeless youth and at-risk teens in Central Florida. From 2011 to 2015, Candice housed and clothed 72 young women between the ages of 4 to 27 years old.  It was with this spirit of compassion, Young Seeds of Virtue (YSV) now Hands Off Inc, was founded to encourage, motivate and inspire young women to reach and achieve their goals, no matter the obstacles. HOI has made a lasting impression within the
Central Florida community through motivating and educational youth workshops called "Girl Time",
 various prevention programs that mentor youth in schools, coordinated home visits to support parents
with troubled teens and multiple youth outreach conferences. As a certified domestic abuse counselor, Candice was compelled to begin an emergency safe house initiative through HOI called, “The CollettaHouse”. This program is dedicated to providing emergency housing for young women that are homeless, and/or temporarily displaced.

On April 25, 2015, Candice pioneered the history-making “Beautiful Feet Father Daughter Ball” in
which she collectively secured uniformed officers from three law enforcement agencies in
Central Florida to be Stand-In Fathers for the evening to young women who had survived all
types of abuse.  With the assistance of Chief John Mina, Sherriff Jerry Demings, Chief Cecil Smith and other dedicated volunteers, the event was a tremendous success, changing the lives and outlook of many.

Candice shares inspiration and faith, as the host of her own show on a variety of Christian networks
entitled “Life Flow with Candice Cruz”. Amongst her numerous hats, Candice is an Honorary Council Member for South African women and children in the United States, reporting directly to the South
African President’s Chief of Staff, Ms. Mbangiseni Dzivhani. Candice also serves as a board member for the RZ the Flag Organization in NJ and NY, which promotes HIV/Aids testing and research for communities and was honored to be a part of the Bill Clinton's Global Rethink Refugee Initiative, which brings awareness to the plight of beaten and raped women and children in the Congo of Africa.

Candice travels across the board to different cities collecting and continuing training and education on
Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). HOI prevention team sets up workshops, seminars, does on-site training on Modern Day Slavery. Her next venture takes her to Washington DC to fight for
policy change. “Let's limit children's exposure   to explicit verbiage and content by instituting the 79
Rule”. Which gave her an exclusive invite to the “African American Billionaires meeting on Capitol Hill to address Senator Pete Sessions on changes in the incoming administration.

Candice launched Hues Cosmetics, LLC in November 2016: Hues Cosmetics began in the mind of
Candice Cruz while working at the CPC Chemical Packaging Plant in 2001. In 2014, Hues Cosmetics started again, and Candice Cruz successfully launched the full cosmetics product line in November 2016, proudly manufactured in the United States. Hues Cosmetics, LLC. is a multicultural, naturally better cosmetics line designed for all shades of beauty.  As a women’s advocate working with young women who are survivors of
Human Trafficking and Domestic Abuse through her nonprofit, Hands Off, Inc., Candice understands
the importance of Nonprofit organizations, and how crucial funding is to these groups. This passion is
reflected in HUES (“He Understands Every Soul”), an outreach program that assists charitable
organizations working with women and children through education, rehabilitation, and health services. Hues Cosmetics is committed to teaching the HUES message of reflecting natural beauty from the inside out for every hue.

 Candice changed the company name to BUtiful by Candice® in October of 2016 to broaden the reach
 Internationally launching into Brazil and Canada. Candice is now working to employ survivors giving them another chance to re-enter society with future and hope.  She was Awarded the Rising Star Award in 2015 by The National Council of Negro Women in Washington DC. And received a White House invitation and Letter of Recognition from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for her work and dedication of   Survivors of Human Trafficking.

January 2018 BUtiful by Candice® was featured in the Los Angeles Time as “The BUtiful Empire” full spread story highlighting the company and the success of an amazing launch.