MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – When the financial meltdown of the Great Recession hit DeVorya Wilson, it was time for the Muskegon native to return home.
Wilson, a 1987 graduate of Muskegon High School, upgraded her skills with a business and accounting degree from the University of Phoenix and set about looking for work in the Muskegon area. After short stints with city government and a temporary employment agency, Wilson was getting frustrated.
“I was out trying to get jobs but I couldn’t land a job that I would be happy with,” Wilson said of her motivation at creating her own company.
Wilson is the owner and director of Angel Wings Home Care Services LLC, 3355 Merriam St. in Muskegon Heights. The start-up company provides in-home personal care services of a non-medical nature.
The short- and long-term services include assistance with transportation for medical appointments or shopping, meal preparation and light housekeeping and laundry to more intensive services such as bathing, dressing, toileting and personal grooming.
Angel Wings Home Care workers are there to provide companionship to their customers, Wilson said.
“I am new at this business,” Wilson said of a company she started earlier this year. “What sets me apart is bringing more passion to serving seniors. We need to show them they are loved at their age. I want to make this like a family setting.”
Interest in human services came when Wilson was a volunteer with the CASA youth program. Although trained in finances and working on her certified public accountants test, Wilson said she wanted a business that helped people.
“I want to deal more with people and if you look in Muskegon there are always jobs in the medical field working with senior citizens,” Wilson said. “I want to give back to my community and be able to provide jobs in the community while helping seniors.”
After high school, Wilson left Muskegon for Milwaukee for eight years until moving to Richmond, Va. She went through a series of factory and office jobs before beginning a corporate accounting career in Richmond.
At the end, she worked for the financial group owners of Land America Title Co. but lost her job when the company went bankrupt. The Great Recession hit the financial services and real estate market’s hard.
At Angel Wings Home Care Services, Wilson said she is working with Ross Medical School to provide on-the-job experience for people completing the certified nursing assistance program. She also said she has worked with Harbor Hospice to provide non-medical, in-home care to the program’s patients and families.
Angel Wings worked through Michigan Works! to find a group of in-home workers. Wilson said she has put together 25 on-call workers who are offering contracted services on a part-time basis as the business begins to grow.
Many of the initial jobs have been short-term in nature, but Wilson said the goal is to build long-term relationships with families.
Angel Wings charges a basic rate of $18 an hour for basic services and up to $25 an hour for more intensive services, such as bathing and grooming, she said. All of the company’s customers are privately paying for services at this time.
Contact the home services company at (231) 733-2100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I love Muskegon as a great place to relax and raise a family. This is some place I’d like to retire,” Wilson said of coming home to family.
She is a single mother with one child still at home, another one in military service and a third remaining in Virginia.
“I just love getting back to the water in Muskegon,” Wilson said. “You can make of Muskegon what you want of it.”
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