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Doe Deere: From homeless to CEO

Born in Russia, Doe Deere like many in the world, saw the United States as the land of opportunity. Doe Deere recalls spending her youth watching American movies, music and marveling at mastering the English language. At the age of 17, her dream seemed to be coming true, her mother had decided to take her sister and her to the United States to finally realize and live the American Dream.

Doe Deere and her family would move to America’s largest city, New York. Doe recalls the quote, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” and her goal was to make it. Unfortunately, the dream would be derailed due to her mothers accounting credentials be held back. This would force her mother to take on low paying jobs such as housekeeper, eventually, they overbearing pressure of bills became too much and Doe and her family moved into a homeless shelter in Manhattan and waiting in line at churches just to have something to eat for the day.

In 1999, a local social worker named Dorchen Leidholdt found Doe and her family, Leidholdt was a social worker pressed on aiding immigrant families who’ve fallen on hard times. With her help, Doe’s mother was able to finally find a career in accounting, her sister would go on to graduate from Colombia Universit with honors, and Doe, after Leidholdt had seen her sketches, was guided into the Fashion Institute of Technology. She recounts her struggle as an important time in her life where she learned valuable teachings in regards to staying strong and fighting through the bleakest of times.

In 2008, Doe Deere would finally see her American dream come to fruition in the form of her newly founded company “Grime Crime”. The company would become a huge success employing 35 employees and sending a message to the women of the world to stay strong and be themselves. Doe Deere thanks America for everything she gave her and reminds people that Americans don’t always start off as American, and maybe one day that immigrant will be someone that adds to the greatness of America.

http://www.doedeere.com/