Written by: Author Spotlight

Special Exclusive interview with Author Valencia Amanda Powell

 

K.I.S.H. – Tell us about you and your relationship to the St. Louis area, brag and be proud

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri at Barnes-Jewish Hospital; the #1 ranked Hospital in St. Louis & all of Missouri. I attended elementary school at Walbridge in Walnut Park, MO. I furthered my elementary, junior high and one year of high school in Collinston, Louisiana where I played center on the basketball team, square danced, was a cheerleader, played the Clarinet in the band, was a girl scout, a contestant on The Mr. Wonder Show, I sang in the church choir and was 1st runner up in the “Little Miss Morehouse Beauty Pageant.

I was back in the St. Louis are where I attended my 1st year of High School at Hazelwood East home of the Spartans until I was discharged for being pregnant at the age of 15 years old with Twin Boys. Until my babies were born, I then was home-schooled through Riverview Gardens and was then able to finish my last years to Graduate in 1987 from Normandy Sr. High School, home of the Vikings. 

To take care of my twins and finish my education I went to school, worked at Pizza Hut on Page and Hanley, London and Sons Winghouse, my family owned business on Goodfellow Ave. In 1988 i started my career in the medical field getting a Certified Nurse Assistant license in Kirkwood, Mo at Manor Grove. I also worked in skilled facilities, Assisted livings, Hospitals and private homes in Chesterfield, Mo., Creve Coeur, Mo., Ferguson, Mo., Florissant, Clayton, Hazelwood, St. Louis city and in Illinois’. In 2001I became an Advanced Patient Care Technician on the Cardio-thoracic unit at Barnes Hospital on Kings Highway for 13 years were I received a “Caring Spirit Award” nominated by a heart patient wife. A “Great Catch Award” nominated by the Nurse Practitioner on the floor. I then furthered my career attending St. Louis Community College at Meramec pursuing a Nursing degree, St. Louis College of Health Careers in Wentzville receiving a Certification in Pharmacy Technician. I did my Pharmacy internship at Walgreens in Affton, Mo. In 2014 I became a Womenpreneur as I established a 24 hour in-home Care service for the Elderly and disabled clients including Veterans that I house and provided 24 hours of in home care including Respite and Hospice Care. In 2020 I also became an Amazon” Best Selling Author as I collaborated in a book entitled “Girlz Run The World in Pearls”.  I wrote my testimony I called: Perseverance of a Teenage Pregnancy “From a Virgin to a Mom of Twins”.  This has expanded by outreach to other you ladies who have similar experiences and led me into doing Live Interviews, magazines cover model. My experience inspired me to organize a non-profit organization called Teen-Angelz Outreach to assist and help younger ladies and young men early in life and assist displaced Veterans. I furthered my education and Leadership role by becoming a Certified Missouri Mentor as I provide housing and or Respite relief for foster children and their Caregivers. Furthermore, I am a certified Saint Louis Care Driver as I transport special needs children to and from their home, school or after school program. Yes, I wear many hats. 

 

K.I.S.H. – What is your business dream/vision and how will accomplishing it benefit you and others?

Author Valencia – My dream/vision is to now open a transitional home for young ladies ages18-22. To also dream of having a location to provide unhoused and underserved youth and veterans with hot showers. beds, clothing, meals and the mental, physical and spiritual guidance they need. The benefit will be me giving back to the community that poured into me when I needed it. It will benefit others by decreasing homelessness that results in crime.

K.I.S.H. – Who or what inspired you to pursue this business dream/vision? 

Author Valencia – My Inspiration comes from the clients and families I serve as there is still more needed. I have encountered thus far as well as one of my mentor Dr. Annette Johnson and writing a chapter in her book collaboration. My testimony in this book truly delivered me and allowed me to be transparent. It let me know that many thought would break me, just made me stronger. 

K.I.S.H. -What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your business dream/vision? 

Author Valencia –The challenges I encountered while pursuing my dream/vision include Knowing that my clients to whom I have love for are being provided end of life care in my home while on Hospice. As they say, “life was life-ing”. Went through mental, verbal, abandoned, messy and an abusive marriage that led to divorce. It took a toll on me with a yearlong intermittent hospital stay concerning my Blood Pressure, losing income and transportation while being separated. But with God all things are possible, and I am practicing self-care and focusing on to the next. 

K.I.S.H. -Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered? 

Author Valencia – I am inspired by God, Family, Friends. Raising twin boys at the tender age of 16 while finishing high school and working full time all at the same time. I am now blessed with 5 Grandchildren; 4 of them being girls truly inspires me to keep pushing regardless of the challenges I encounter.  I must be an inspiration for them and those following in my footsteps. 

K.I.S.H. -Please provide final thoughts/advice for others with a similar business dream/vision.

Author Valencia- My final thoughts or advice for other Womenprenuers would be to set your goals and do everything in your power every day to work towards accomplishing those goals. To let nothing or no one hinder you no matter your situation or economic status. Remember not to compare yourself to others and their achievements because you bring your own unique gifts, talents and experience to the table; so do not be intimidated by the ladies who have been afforded more opportunities than you.

 

Author Valencia Amanda Powell

Business: Angles of Care, St. Louis MO.

Email: mzvangelsofcare@gmail.com

Facebook: Angelsofcaremissouri

Business Number: (314) 532-0811

 

 

Last modified: May 18, 2024