We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaudae McMillan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shaudae, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
My industry is the Autism Community and there is so little that people know about the community that they are unaware of everything from all angles. Children and adults with autism are not all the same and it’s not a cookie-cutter diagnosis, it is a beautiful spectrum that needs love and respect. Behind the scenes, parents are suffering silently and out loud in various ways and they need to be met with compassion and action all at the same time. Outsiders are unaware of how stares, bullying, and just plain ignorance pierces these families, and health professionals are not unaware but, blatantly skipping over the fact that families that have loved ones with disabilities need additional mental health relief.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Selah Respite is a premier nanny service for families that have a loved one with autism or another disability. We take time to engage and connect with all of our families and strive to become an active part of their family. Word of mouth has been the best avenue to new families that receive care and that’s what makes me the proudest and excited to have this company. Having a business that people say has saved them and loved them is more than a blessing. We have had our challenges because we had to shut down due to COVID- 19 we didn’t receive any grants or loans due to the big companies devouring all the funds but, even in the midst of feeling like the business wasn’t going to recover once again God stepped in. We are coming out of the pandemic with a Medicaid certification which means we are no longer private pay only and will be able to take insurance. This means that we will be able to give services to families that could not pay for them out of pocket which, makes my heart soar.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I would definitely take them down to oak cliff/ south dallas to eat at Sweet Georgia Browns because who doesn’t like good soul food. The men and women that work there have a way of making you feel like your family. We would do some shopping at Guns and Roses Boutique in Downtown Dallas and have drinks at Harris House of Heroes. Most of my friends run or want to run a business so we would go to Think Tank Tuesdays right after attending Lit Bible Study ( because we love the Lord). When the weekend finally arrived we would just follow whatever events crownholders, awayteamdtx, and culture curators have put together. Finally, I wouldn’t let my friend leave without attending Concord Church with Pastor Bryan Carter.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Michael Wilson with Processology! Gosh!, where do I start? Michael and I became friends when I first started Selah Respite and has been by my side ever since. Michael helps businesses untangle their processes by helping them streamline and automate systems. Michael has been my business Kung fu master and has always led me in the right direction. I have had so many crying fits and battles with anxiety and depression throughout my time of being a CEO and Michael has been an invaluable friend and ally. It is very hard to trust men in business or anyone for that matter so Michael is one of my most treasured friends. Furthermore, I would not have a friend like that if it wasn’t for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have a very unique and untraditional story when it comes to the way I have conducted and conduct business because my faith is always in the front dragging me along. God has done so much for me, changed me, reintroduced myself to myself, and given me so many blessings and opportunities along the way. Make no mistake I have experienced my share of mental break downs but with my faith being the moving force and the fact that my business brings glory to God and his kingdom I was unable to use those breakdowns as strength; like when you lift heavy weights in order to build muscle and to push yourself beyond what you thought was the tipping point.

Website: www.selahrespite.com
Instagram: simply_shaudae
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaudae-mcmillan-a63484132/
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