November 30, 2018


GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Chefalo family has taken a lot of trips over the past few years for the holidays.

They've gone to places like Madrid, Paris, Rome, and London. However, this year they say they wanted to do something different and take on a challenge. 

On December 22nd, they plan to travel to Tanzania to cli...

October 18, 2018

I live in a world full of people with giant hearts. Its true. Everywhere you look in the world of Human Services and Child Advocacy you will find people who have giant hearts. There is really no arguing about that. The issue, as I have found, is that when their giant hearts begin to do tasks that they know are not helping the people they set out to help,...

July 10, 2018

Six years ago, our family gave up Christmas! That's right, we gave it all up: no tress, no decorations, no fancy ham dinner and especially no gift exchange. Instead we decided to forego the holiday and set out instead to begin have experiences and enjoying the company of each other while crossing items off our bucket list. The whole idea has been to find...

May 28, 2018

I try really hard on this blog to bring you thoughts and ideas that you might not have heard before. I try to speak not only from my personal experience in the foster care system, but from helping numerous clients through the criminal justice system and from listening to the stories of countless individuals who have chosen me to share their stories. I wan...

May 4, 2018

Did you know nearly 50% of foster children end up incarcerated within two years of aging out of the foster care system? 

During her nearly 20 years in Law Office Administration dealing with criminal defendants, Shenandoah Chefalo became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of the criminal justice system, and wanted to find a way to change it. She beca...

March 6, 2018

Sorry I’ve been silent. I’ve been brooding, angry over the system, policies and government. I find it is best that I don’t write when I’m angry, but this last bout of anger doesn’t seem to be going away, so I hope that you don’t mind that I finally decided to try and vent on my blog.

It started rather simply: I was reading the latest report from the Nation...

March 1, 2018

Shenandoah Chefalo is back, continuing on for those who can’t find their voice.

Welcome to the 62nd episode of Giving Back Insights, my Thursday solo show where I talk about how our guests and their charities serve others, to explore actions each of can take to make a difference in people’s lives and to share.

#4600AndCounting was born out of 3 sisters who...

December 2, 2017

Last year at this time, I received a private Facebook message from an individual who was struggling.  She was a professional who was concerned about youth but didn't have much time to volunteer or mentor, but after hearing me speak, she felt motivated to do something to help foster youth.  I remembered her because we had talked at an event for a while, tr...

November 30, 2017

Most people are familiar with the horror stories associated with our foster care system.  Our guest for this program, Ms. Shenandoah Chefalo, is a product of the foster care system that managed to overcome the failures of the system.  She overcame the odds and became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate....

November 6, 2017

Shenandoah Chefalo, author of "Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir," calls attention to a failing American foster care system. You can listen to the full interview here. 

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