Noel Wellington overcomes difficulties to open clothing boutique Queens
Noel Wellington entered foster care at the age of two and did not leave until he was older, nearly 20 years later.
“People will tell me I’m nothing, I’m on drugs like my mother, and things like that,” she said. was breaking through
Aging out of foster care means a difficult transition into adulthood without a support system, often after lifelong trauma, and all statistics are against her, says the advisory group. The National Congress of Legislatures said: Half of foster children who leave the system as they age become addicted to drugs. Quarter doesn’t have a high school diploma or her GED. And more than one in five of her will be homeless.
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Wellington made a conscious decision not to go to college because he wanted to avoid debt. She also had an entrepreneurial spirit and loved her job. Between her retail business and her job in home health care, she would often work 80 to 90 hours a week.
And when I was 25, I got into a car accident. Two years later, she received her settlement money and funded her one cent to open her own clothing store, Queens, at 2577 her Avenue in Bailey.
“I never really grew up. ‘And then, a few years later, I got a clothing store.'”
Unfortunately, that year was 2019. So Covid-19 was right around the corner. Wellington had to close shop, but rent and other bills still remained. She stepped up her e-commerce business on her own and increased her following.
Earlier this month, she reopened her brick-and-mortar Queen’s Boutique. She sells men’s clothing, women’s clothing, women’s lingerie, handbags and other accessories.
She admits that it has been a difficult journey to get to where she is, and that more challenges may lie ahead. But she also believes that owning a clothing store is nothing short of a miracle.
“It was a dream come true. I have to give God all the credit,” she said.
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