Garbage Bag Suitcase: A MEMOIR (foster care awareness) with Shenandoah Chefalo
Shenandoah's dreams for a stable childhood were shattered: the money she earned working at the local grocery store was taken by her foster parents to "cover her expenses." When she was in the hospital for three weeks due to serious injuries from a car accident, no one came to visit her. She realized she was more alone than before.
Despite her heartbreaking circumstances, Shenandoah overcame adversities and became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. Despite becoming a successful businesswoman and having a daughter of her own, she still suffers the long-term effects of her neglected childhood. In "Garbage Bag Suitcase," she shares her story in hope of spurring immediate change that needs to take place within the system, and what we all can do to help these children.
Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts