We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeneifer Threadcraft and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeneifer, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I never gave up!!! I had my first child at the age of 14 and it was not easy. I have had many challenges being that I was a single parent, but I have overcome most of them. I continued with my schooling as well as hustled to make sure that I provided for them. I always talked to them about what is or was going on with me, especially when it would affect them in any capacity. Staying focus was my main thing to do. I trusted God through it all and I learned how to lean on God as I grew older. I encouraged them to be themselves and to love themselves first from the inside out. Being a productive citizen with values and morals will always carry you further then you could ever imagine. Now I have two entrepreneurs, (my alpha and omega, lol) and that is what makes me a proud parent.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a master’s level psychologist and I specialize in trauma and suicide prevention. I am also a motivational speaker. I have worked extremely hard to become the person I am today. I was a teen mom at the age of 14 and I was also abused. It has been a journey because my life came with so many bumps and bruises. I am most proud of my children. They are my rock and my inspiration. They have always kept me growing and thriving for better. What set me apart from other’s is Positive Peering, Inc. Positive Peering, Inc is my baby. I started Positive Peering, Inc because as a teen mom and a single mom I often lacked what I needed as a parent, but I kept my kids in a safe environment and worked hard daily for them. Positive Peering, Inc went from once-a-month meetings to a whole enrichment center for the community. We offer sliding scale counseling, groups, food and clothing pantry and we also network with others in the community to help the stability within each family household. I am a giver because I genuinely believe that God has been good to me and I am truly humble and grateful for everything trial and tribulation that I have been faced with in my life. I can remember in January 2015 God spoke to me and told me to take my paycheck and put them in Positive Peering name. Now that my sound crazy but I did. It is called investing in yourself because it you want invest in yourself, who else will? For it reminds me what the bible speaks of about a cheerful giver.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
So therefore, Positive Peering, Inc is truly a place of serenity and peace. A place to go when you just feel the need to escape from the crazy world that we live in. We are her to comfort you and encourage you in your most vulnerable times.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When I have family or friends coming into town I try to make sure that see go site seeing being that I live in Atlanta (Hotlanta) Ga. I love going out to Stone Mountain to walk the mountain and see the nature that we have in the area. I would take them to my favorite spa, JeJu Sauna Spa just outside of Atlanta in Duluth, Ga. This spa is a balance for pure serenity and peace. I would make sure that we hit up some of my favorite restaurants such as Tokyo Hibachi, Nanny’s Chicken and Waffle, The Bridge and Oyster Bar, Shane’s Barbeque, and Smokey Bones. There are several spots that I like to go out to and hang but my favorites are Sudo’s bar and grill, Bench Warmers Sports Grill, MoonShadow Tavern, 2 Chainz’s Escobar Restaurant and Tapas, Savoy Bar and Grill and Fusion Sports Lounge. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my God that is a list because over the years I have meet and befriend some GREAT people who made me want to continue. It is funny because as I sit her with my daughter, she was my first inspiration. Having her at 14 and knowing that she was mines and not a baby-doll was terrifying because I did not know what to do with a baby. She was my encouragement because I did not want her to have to live a hard life or experience the things that I did. There is a list of doctors that came into my life that encouraged me to be more and not just be a statistic. Dr. Beverly Walker was my pediatrician (as well as my children’s pediatrician) and she encouraged me to be whatever I wanted to be and to not limit myself. Then there was my OB-Gyn (Dr. Adams and Woods) because their practice was always there for me when I was emotionally, mentally, and psychically drained. I can remember when I had a problem with paying for my schooling and Dr. Woods not only paid for 2 semesters for me; he also paid my students for me for me to be able to obtain financial aid again. Which was a blessing being that I was a single mother of 2. Dr. Taunya Lowe, whom I met during a major crisis in my life, and she was the director of the Human Services program at Dekalb Technical College. I had to ask her if I could have the opportunity to retake my finals. (That’s another story…lol) Then there was Dr, Donna-Marie Brown, she was a pediatrician that I worked with after receiving an associate degree in Business Office Management and a Certified Medical Assistance. She is an African American female, pediatrician with her own solo practice. She influenced me and supported me in the beginning of Positive Peering, Inc. She was the first person to encourage me to do groups with the youth and to go back to school.
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