Machell Veney is an exraordinary woman. Married in the mid ‘90s, Machell left a difficult family situation in Virginia with her 4 children in tow—aged 4, 5, 6, and 12—in the middle of the night.
I didn’t have a clue where we were going, drove south and ended up in Georgia. Georgia felt right.
Upon arrival, Machell took a job as a seamstress doing clothing alterations. She soon opted to take a few business courses at Thomasville’s Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) that led to a position with Southwestern State Hospital as a client support provider. When that facitlity closed she found herself at Georgia Pines as an on-site manager.
Machell had changed her marital status to single and was headed in a positive direction. She had raised her children and they had grown enough to start their own families. Yet amid these profound changes Machell was ready to enter a new phase.
Machell then learned about a classified ad for Thomasville’s Habitat for
Humanity—but it had nothing to do with housing. Because of her life story, business coursework, and fourteen-year experience in the healthcare
industry, Machell nailed the interview for a new office manager and joined
the team in 2019.
Being a single mother raising four children alone was never easy. I didn’t want to become another statistic that fit the profile—a young, black, unwed mother with children living in the housing projects. That wasn’t the right choice for me.