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Have you ever had to reinvent yourself, because of the big changes in our local economy or in your personal life? Did you lose a job, go back to school, do things you never thought you’d be doing? What is that like?

ReInvention Stories: Shondale Atkinson

Shondale Atkinson
Shawndra Jones
Shondale Atkinson

Today on ReInvention Stories, we visit Trotwood, west of Dayton, which has undergone dramatic change in recent years with the closure of the Salem Mall.

There’s a home for teenage mothers in Trotwood, part of a non-profit called The Mustard Seed Foundation. It’s a place where mothers can live with their babies as they try and build a stable future. It was founded by a former teen mom Shondale Atkinson, whose own reinvention is where the story of the Mustard Seed Foundation begins.

Major funding for the second season of ReInvention Stories comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with support from Wright State University CELIA fund, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation and Antioch College.