About Us


Essential Beginnings is a 501C3 organization located in Chicago, IL. The organization was established by its CEO/Founder Esther Burnett in 2017. The organization provides toiletry care packages for mentally ill adults living in nursing homes, group homes, and other transitional living facilities in the effort to help them restore their confidence, hope, and dignity. All of the organization’s services and programs will be funded by grants and other donated revenues.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to empower, encourage, and inspire the mentally ill to an essential beginning. To help the mentally ill in the most propitious way of life,who lack the economic resources to access the quality of life. To help the mentally ill with the continuum of care. Essential Beginnings will help the mentally ill regain their livelihood.

Meet the Team

The faces behind Essential Beginnings


Esther Burnett

Founder & CEO

Esther Burnett is the founder of Essential Beginnings. Esther is a native of Chicago. Esther Burnett has a keen business sense due to her 15+ years of leadership and mentoring experience. Esther has always had the desire to help and mentor people no matter their circumstance. Furthermore, Esther Burnett strong managerial skills, hands on approach, and leadership qualities also aids her in having an effective organization. Esther is determined to help people in the most propitious way of life, who lack the economic resources to access the quality of life. Esther holds a degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. Esther Burnett is a loving mother of three handsome boys.

Vice President Carolyn George

Carolyn George

Vice President

Carolyn George is a native of Chicago. Carolyn has 13+ years in management and leadership. Carolyn has always had the desire to mentor people and lend a helping hand. Carolyn has a passion to help the youth, character building, leadership, and job training skills. Carolyn has devoted her time to giving back to the community. Carolyn is determined to encourage and empower one to an essential beginning in life. Carolyn George is a loving mother of a beautiful

Partner with us...

Our work to help others would not be possible without the generous donations we receive. EB is committed to using our donors’ contributions for the direct benefit of servicing others, with 100% of funds going toward program expenses.

All donations to the Essential Beginnings, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are tax-deductible.