My Story – Shay Felder

Shay FelderI grew up in Washington, DC. Then I relocated to Georgia with my children after my separation.  It was hectic being a single mom and a provider.

I had to build myself up financially, mentally and emotionally to get out there. I had to talk to myself every day and say, “Come on, Shay, get up! Do this because your children need you.”

I walked into a Goodwill of North Georgia career center and they showed us a video.  Then they said, ‘Have you ever thought about transitioning into the construction industry?”  I liked what I heard and what I saw in the video. And I said, “Why not? Let’s give this a try.”

The training lasted almost two months. I followed up with my job counselor at Goodwill, filled out an application and obtained a job at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). It was a very smooth process.

Now I am able to afford a three-bedroom townhouse with wall-to-wall carpet, and a washing machine and dryer — all of the perks and amenities! I love it.  My kids are seeing it and tell me “Mom, you’re our mentor.”

4 comments on “My Story – Shay Felder
  1. Your story made want to cry. You reminds us of many single mothers out there who struggle that made it out and achieve hero status among there children as true mentors!:) Love it God Bless you

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