A tangle of red hair and frustration, April Malloy found herself scraping through life, living in the backseat of her car, a single mother of nine, on welfare, but tough in spirit. She never gave up.
April learned the tricks of construction as a foster child, and has never forgotten them.
She answered ads for construction work, put in bids for construction jobs, literally from the backseat of her car. She knew she had to be strong for her children. They needed her. And they should never see her like that; fallen, broken.
The beauty of life is that all it takes to bring good is one chance. April got hers when a woman answered her ad and had April remodel her bathroom. The woman's bathroom floors had caved in. It's easy to imagine that April saw herself in all that brokenness, and she did well to rebuild that broken floor and rebuild the broken room. Slowly, steadily, she built her life up around her. She began working bids for Red Lobster.
She saved up her money. She worked. She put in time. She got the licenses she needed, one by one. Today, April is the CEO of Construction 1st Class, based in New York City. She's formed her own nonprofit, called "Women Empower Us," to inspire and embolden women who find themselves in the same hopeless situation she found herself.