LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) - A Lexington woman is crediting her amazing transformation from a one-time felon to CEO of her own company to a local organization, Community Action Council.
"My name is VaShaun Mosby, and I'm the CEO and founder of VaShuan Nicole Enterprises and VaShaun Nicole Consulting, " VaShaun Mosby said, introducing herself.
Mosby is now the picture of success, but she says 18 years ago she could hardly imagine this kind of future for herself.
"I would apply for jobs and continually get denied, and they would look at my background and pass judgment so I was unable to provide for my son. It was a very bad time for me, " Mosby explained.
The Lexington native has done a complete 180, and it all started, she says, when she was approached by Community Action Council.
"They were able to help me figure out what I did well and then put me on the path to make sure I was successful, " Mosby said.
From a head-start program for her young son to education services and pushing from her counselor, Kesha Richardson, Mosby went from a depressed young mother to an empowered woman with hope.
"When I hear VaShaun's story it is so heartwarming for me because this is the spirit of Community Action, " Sharon Price, executive director of the Community Action Council.
Price says they have done this type of work since 1965. No matter who walks through their doors she says they meet their needs. Their goal is to point their clients away from poverty and toward success.
Mosby says she is proof their program works. At the age of 26 her record was expunged, and now she helps others with criminal challenges get to work. She says because Community Action Council believed in her she learned to believe in herself.
"When you know somebody honestly cares about your future it gives you more hope for your own, " Mosby said.
Community Action Council serves Lexington as well as Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties.
To learn more including how to volunteer visit: https://www.commaction.org/
For more information about VaShaun Nicole Enterprises visit: https://www.vashaunnicole.com/