Syreeta Moody’s journey began in the education system. She started as a Dedicated Aide with the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system. Following her time there, she joined the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) system as a Special Education Paraprofessional. While with DCPS, she was promoted to the position of Behavioral Specialist. She later returned to PGCPS as a Professional School Counselor where she worked for 2 years. She is currently a Professional School Counselor with the Montgomery County School system.
In 2019, she became founder and CEO of Special Hands Outreach, LLC, where she provides counseling, life coaching, mentoring, and consulting services to individuals and various clinical facilities. Her area of expertise is trauma-informed care for those who are struggling with mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances and roadblocks that hinder growth, freedom, and overall life fulfillment. Below is an exclusive interview with Syreeta Moody. Check out everything that there is to know about her and her collective anthology.
How would you describe your swagher? What makes you who you are?
My swagher is rooted in the relentless pursuit of God’s purpose, will and overall blessings in and through me. What makes me who I am today is a combination of my lived experiences of overcoming obstacles, learning from my mistakes, declaring the work of the Lord and believing that God’s promise would be fulfilled in my life.
Why did you decide to take part in the Unshakable Faith anthology?
My sisters were a part of the Empowered to Win anthology and I was inspired by what the Lord had done in their testimonies. When I found out about the Unshakable Faith anthology I felt God prickle my heart. He said now is the time for you to share your story.
Can you describe a time when your faith was challenged but you stood tall?
I was 25 years old with six children and four fathers who did not participate in helping me raise them. My faith was tested throughout the entire time, trying to raise six children on my own. Struggle and pain had become my favorite burdens to wear, and so many other things sprouted as a result of that. I was insecure, I felt embarrassed, I was disappointed in myself, I took my hurting out on my children, I was bitter and untrusting towards people.
It was God’s grace and tenderness towards me that softened my heart, he helped me to see things as they were in a way he knew I could handle dealing with it. I trusted God and I promised that if he would as his word says “be a father to my fatherless children,” I would in turn raise them up in his will and way and that I would never again stray from him. I did just that, and I’ve kept my promise to him.
How do you view your work as a vocation—a call from and a duty to God?
I see my work as a counselor as a ministry. I believe God blessed me specifically with the skills needed to be used in this capacity to serve and assist his children. I believe my vocation is absolutely my calling and duty to God indeed.
What was the writing process like for you?
I actually did not know where to start. When doing an anthology, you’re limited to the amount you can write. I had to pray constantly to make sure I was putting in the parts of my story I believed was the most important. When the flood gates open so much comes out. Once I found the format of where God was leading me to share, it took off from there.
Have you authored any other books? If so, please list them.
The Unshakable Faith anthology is my first book to author. I am working on a project of my own. I’m excited to see where God is going to take me in this process.
Where can readers follow and connect with you?
Social Media- Specialhandsoutreach- Instagram/Facebook