Originally from Missouri, D'Angela has overcome several heart-wrenching challenges that ultimately landed her in Atlanta. When she was sixteen, her adoptive mother passed away of cancer and one year later, her father left - leaving D'Angela all alone to fend for herself. She joined job corps which had her constantly packing up and moving, but after becoming pregnant, D’Angela decided to withdraw from job corps and move to a more stable environment. She moved into City of Refuge's Kindred Spirit Teen Pregnancy Home which exists to assist homeless unwed pregnant teens or pregnant teens that have limited family support in a loving, safe, Christian oriented home. D'Angela told me she was thankful to not have to worry about “being thrown out all the time.”
Before she got pregnant, D'Angela said everything was going downhill. Admittedly, when she found out she was having a baby she immediately asked, 'Why?', but when Omari made his entrance into the world, D’Angela said he was her gift for all of the obstacles in her life – “for all of the stuff I’ve been through, this is my gift. I can treat him better.”
When talking about Omari, D’Angela said she loves getting to wake up to him every morning - “I don’t ever want him to feel unloved or unwanted. I want him to finish school and become something.”
During his session, Omari was the sleepiest, smiliest baby – D’Angela and I couldn’t help but laugh at his contagious grin.
D’Angela starts beauty school in June. Ultimately she would love to get a communications degree and be a radio personality (and after speaking with her for even a brief amount of time, I believe that’s her calling!) Together, she and Omari are going to do great things!
All participants of Hayley Jo Photography's Giving Back program receive complimentary newborn mini sessions, digital files, and a set of prints. Kindred Spirit has been providing a loving, safe, Christian oriented home for girls since 2004. To contribute financially to their work, visit their giving page (donations may be designated to the Kindred Spirit home).