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Meet Trailblazer Shanika Mulrain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanika Mulrain.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always known that I would be successful in whatever I chose to do with my life and I say that in the most humblest manner. No, I do not have it all figured out and no, I am not rich but I am rich in so much more than finances. I understand all that I have experienced in life and will continue to experience is a part of the process in fulfilling my purpose here on earth. Although my story changed with how I thought life would happen, I made the story that I was written work for me. As a single mother to a 5-year-old little girl, I hold myself to very high standards. I am where I am today by God’s grace as well as my hard work and dedication. I am very purposeful with my actions. If I start something, I will set plans to carry it through. I have a career in nursing but I always knew my purpose was bigger. The time required as a mom, student to advance in my career, and working full-time, keeps my schedule jam-packed. I remember always wanting to volunteer and do community service but I would experience conflict in my schedule one way or another until this past May. I expressed to my best friend I wanted to do a nonprofit. Organizing my own nonprofit would allow me to do volunteer services on my own schedule, so I did it. It started as thought until I put action behind those words and now, here I am enjoying watching my baby grow. From the logo to creating the mission and vision statements for the nonprofit, it required time and I was easily able to dedicate that time to my nonprofit because I felt it was apart of my purpose. The gift of giving is like no other. The feeling of giving back and helping those in need, it’s indescribable but I know I like the feeling. Although it has been hard work, with my support system, we have been able to achieve everything we set out to do with the nonprofit so far. The mission for the organization involves.

Providing Opportunity: My first event involved a youth car wash with youth ages 7-14 learning the value of a dollar and learning to earn what they work for. All proceeds earned from the carwash went to all the kids that participated. I prayed for the event to be successful and it was!

Instilling Hope: Just recently, we held a career day at an Elementary school with some successful professionals and the kids enjoyed it so much. We were even invited to participate in the school’s annual Career Day in the spring of 2020.

Promoting Unity: We have been collecting winter items for the homeless and less fortunate for the winter weather to come since May.

I see big things for the nonprofit. I am aiming to be a part of the positive impact on our community. I want to be a part of the change yearned to be seen, not only by my community but for communities near and far. I believe making good impacts on the individuals will trigger a chain reaction of good.

Opportunity, hope and unity are wonderful building blocks for the foundation of your organization. Has it been an easy path so far and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This journey of wanting to do good and actually doing it has not been as easy as some may think. I faced periods of time where I became super discouraged with the lack of support from the community. I did not get it, this was a good thing I was trying to do, right ?! Yes, it is. But we live in a world that would rather share a video of 2 females fighting than sharing a flyer for a youth car wash that did not require a dime, only their kid’s time and their support. I learned it wasn’t for me to understand and to just keep doing. A wise friend of mine once told me, “The enemy will throw little things like this to try to discourage us” and he was right. Thankfully, the support I receive counts for everything and is more than enough to keep me going, to keep trying to make an impact.

Please tell us more about His Traveling Grace – what else should we know?
His Traveling Grace is a nonprofit community organization geared towards providing opportunity, promoting unity, and instilling hope into the community. The unique thing about our nonprofit is that we cater to all age groups, not just the less fortunate and the homeless. In the future, we pray to travel to communities outside of the state and country making a growing difference providing resources for those in need. At this time, we are still building a solid foundation to stand on being fairly new but I feel as though we are on the right track. I am most proud of the things we have accomplished as an organization in such a short time frame being that our launch date was back in May.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, I was very quiet and I stayed out of trouble. In high school, I attended a predominately caucasian school. My sisters as well as a lot of my childhood friends attended predominately african american schools. While my high school experience may have been different from theirs, it did not make me who I am today. At a young age, I realized I was capable of more. This drove me to perform as such. I ultimately believe the decisions I chose to make have the biggest role in any success I experience.

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Ashley Manning, Donyetta Rembert

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