My Chosen People Inc.
I am a native of Shelbyville, Kentucky and a mother of three. I am a proud grandmother of three. I have a passion for women who are pregnant with substance abuse disorder and incarcerated women needing a second chance in life.
At the age of 6 I was hit in the eye with a BB gun and as a result I had two different color eyes. I was made fun of all my life. My self-esteem became low and I turned to drugs and alcohol. I had a daughter out of wedlock just wanting somebody to love, not understanding that I didn’t know how to love myself. Later I had two sons out of wedlock as well. Still doing drugs and drinking, I lost our home and moved in with my grandmother. During this time I just wanted my life back because my children deserved better. I prayed and ask God to please help me turn my life around.
When I got a job at the hospital my life turned around and I have never looked back. I am 25 years drug free and now I want to reach back and help others. I hold three degrees (an associates in early childhood education, a bachelors in business administration healthcare management, and a masters in business management) and I’m an ordained minister and Sunday School leader. I want women to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and they shouldn’t settle for less.
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More about this loan
My Chosen People is a 501(c)3 organization designed for women who are pregnant and have Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and women who are incarcerated and seeking to gain back their children. We offer educational counseling, parenting classes, substance abuse disorder treatment, group therapy, mental health services, budgeting sessions, nutritional seminars, conflict management, and life skills and job training.
I had the vision for My Chosen People in 2012 but didn’t form my board until April 2014. I received a grant to go into one prison to provide 6-week programming to prepare women to transition back into society. We are finishing our third cycle. Parenting, nutrition, and conflict management classes have 20 women at a time, while career services classes that I teach have had up to 46 women.
The long-term vision is to have residential facilities for women who are pregnant and battling addiction and women exiting prison, where mothers can live with their children and have a daycare to leave them while they’re at work.
What is the purpose of this loan?
When I work with women, I need laptops and printers to make our classes as effective as possible. When I conduct health insurance seminars, I need laptops so the women can register right there. When we discuss Social Security, the women need to get online there since they do not otherwise have an opportunity. They could also use them to apply for jobs and to print out the resumes we create.
10 laptops $3500 2 printers $400 Office supplies $200
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years
A loan of $4,100 helps Sandra purchase laptops for our classes and trainings.