May 13, 2016
Published May 13, 2016
Hello, my name is Shanelle Nichole. I am a 30-year-old young woman, mother of two, who values compassion, giving, and honesty. I was the girl who was behind every closed door and lost myself to the chaos of it all.
I found myself to be in a domestic violence shelter with my two children and came across a dear friend. She heard my story and suggested that I come to Together We Bake (TWB) because she thought it would be a good opportunity for me to have a support system and a fresh start. Therefore, I called the program and unfortunately, the first round of my application process was denied. I felt discouraged, but something told me to try one more time. Stephanie Wright, Co-founder of TWB, then called me and said that they wanted to consider me to become a team member for the Spring 2016 session.
I love participating in the TWB program, I think it is awesome. I don’t have a particularly favorite part because I happen to love all of it. I think it is extremely inspirational to see women from all walks of life come together and share their stories and in turn have the ability to support one another. It is such a great feeling to know that I can come to TWB and create something meaningful with a group of women. Each one of us makes up a diverse design and has their own roles, when those come together it is truly a sight to see. Lastly and most importantly, I confide in and believe in their mission. As a person who values compassion, I believe that everyone deserves a second chance at life.
After Together We Bake, I feel that I will have endless possibilities. I can see myself being fully prepared and ready to chase after my dreams. I think the one thing that I was lacking before this program was confidence and support. I now have that being poured into me and have acquired the ability to give that same support and confidence back to others in the group. My advice to future team members is to not be afraid to be who you truly are. There’s a gift inside each of us, and it would be a burden not to show that gift to the world.