To be the most successful foundation in the world which positively impacts the lives of homeless and foster children.
Reenita Renee Shepherd is the proud mother of four children. Her daughters Chelesa Fearce and Chelsea Shelton graduated at the top of their class in spite of being homeless. Chelesa was a dually enrolled student at Charles Drew High School and Clayton State University and graduated as Class Valedictorian with a 4.52 GPA. In fall 2013, she entered Spelman College as a junior on a full scholarship and majors in biochemistry with a minor in philosophy. Chelsea Shelton graduated from Carver School of Technology as Class Salutatorian with a 3.8 GPA. In fall 2013, she entered the University of West Georgia on a full scholarship. Her son Nicholas is 6 and daughter Cayleigh is 5 and attend school in Clayton County.
She grew up as a foster child. Her teachers and social workers were her role models. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and obtained a job teaching at the Head Start program that she enrolled her children in. She made the decision to work with children because she wanted to give love. She knew she could guide, help, teach, and nurture every child in her care. Over the years she took in troubled neighborhood children because they needed her attention, guidance, and love.
She experienced homelessness, unemployment, and illness. She relied on her faith and reached out to her children’s teachers, social workers, school counselors, principals, employees at shelter, and homeless liaisons to help her. All of these people actively engaged in and impacted her life. Their help and caring attitude helped her to help children to be successful in spite of their homelessness.
She was first interviewed and appeared on Channel 2 news. She has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and We Are Clayton magazine. She has been the recipient of the Tom Joyner Morning Show “Thursdays Mother”. She has been the motivational speaker for Michael Thurmond, the Hank Stewart Foundation, and many churches. She recently has received awards from the 2013 Odyessey Gala Awards, The Georgia Department of Education, the National Association for Homeless Children and Youth, Pointe South Elementary School, and Clayton County Public Schools. In honor of her children, each year the homeless education department in Clayton County gives out two scholarships to two high school seniors who are experiencing homelessness. The Chelesa Fearce Scholarship was established in honor of her daughters’ achievements. She is a board member for the Salvation Army’s SHIP Program. She continues to volunteer in the community.
One the values of The Crusade to Nurture Children's Success is to help raise awareness
of the needs of homeless children.
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