Shirley was born and raised in Compton where grew up with six brothers and six sisters. After high school Shirley attended community college for one and half years. She worked as a caretaker in a convalescent home and then later became a security guard. She enjoyed both jobs very much.
Shirley and her ex-husband raised two daughters in South Central LA and Compton. Both daughters, now adults, have good jobs as security guards (just like their Mom). Shirley's pride and joy is her ten year old grandchild for whom she was the primary caretaker until she became homeless.
"That's MY baby", she says, "Everyday all I think about is getting my grand-baby back".
A few years ago Shirley hit a patch of bad luck. She was living with her boyfriend when they got evicted from their apartment for having a dog. She went to live with her sister who then also got evicted. She has other family in the city who would take her in, but she doesn't want to be a nuisance so she currently resides at the Union Rescue Mission. She likes it just fine there and they offer many great programs. However, the hardest part about living at the Mission is not being able to fully care for her grand baby.
Right now Shirley is enjoying working with Would Works and is holding tight until she can find the right place where she can afford to live on her own. Her drive is evident in her work with us. She's one of the most diligent artisans we've had.
We sincerely hope she'll achieve her goal of finding a comfortable place to live with her granddaughter and where she can have her own kitchen to make her famous fried pork chops and BBQ. We believe in you Shirley!