Laquaia Thomas, a 2008 Central High School graduate, was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Initially, a searing desire to become a police officer to serve her beloved city, she obtained her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011 from ITT-Technical Institute. She was proactive and well on her way to fulfilling what she believed to be her calling. However, life brought about a few surprises.
While working for The Salvation Army homeless shelter for women and children, Laquaia discovered her purpose. Although she was hired as a security guard, the gift of a genuinely listening ear catapulted desires to serve her community. She spent countless hours listening to the residents of the shelter, offering encouragement and enlightenment to those willing to receive. What seemed to be a deviation from becoming a police officer actually was her core foundation- service. How she serves had changed, but the mission remained the same.
In 2015, Laquaia began volunteering to speak at shelters, schools and Huron Valley Women Prison. Undoubtedly lives were changed, specifically her own. Now she is a motivational speaker who loves sharing affirmations and leaving her audience feeling fearless. She enjoys coaching women and children and in 2019 was employed at Vista Maria coaching the young ladies. Currently a Mobility Coach at COTS homeless shelter in Detroit, she helps women set, execute and accomplish plans to reach their goals.
Laquaia Thomas may have not understood her path and surely she experiences obstacles. Yet, she continuously accomplishes her goals and knows that her life is a part of positively impacting the lives of others. Her journey has convinced her and countless others that she was created for such a time as this!