Shirley Moore is originally from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico but was raised in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI. Shirley migrated with her family at the tender age of five, and she soon began interpreting for her mother and friends. Shirley believes she has a unique perspective when it comes to interpreting because she is a self-proclaimed “outlier” (Galdwell, 2008). Shirley has spent her entire life bridging communication for limited English speaking people within different human service systems. She believes her experiences as a child help her provide the best interpretation and support for her clients.
Shirley started working at the age of fourteen when she was hired as the Bilingual Outreach Worker at a local community center. Through that position, she learned to serve the community at large with the skills she had been developing for years. In 2006, Shirley began her professional interpreting career at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston where she worked with local, state and federal organizations and businesses to bridge communication between professionals and their clients.
In 2007, Shirley volunteered at Praise Tabernacle Church to share God’s love with the homeless population. While there, she started two programs one that gave make-overs to homeless women every six weeks. Another, which helped individuals get back into the workforce by assisting with interviewing skills, resume writing and job search. Shirley is one of the founding members of the RI Dream Center, a faith-based non-profit that supports homeless individuals in the Providence area. In 2012, Pastor Shirley became the Executive Director of the RI Dream Center. It was at that time that she noticed that most of the people she supported had one thing in common, they came from broken homes. That’s when she began to shift careers into supporting and stabilizing families.
Shirley has served on the Board of Directors of Young Leader’s Fellowship; the Mayor Tavares’ (Providence, RI) Ministerial Committee, has been Wraparound Facilitator at Family Service of RI, the Operations Manager at the RI Renegades, Director of Operations at The Mullings Group, Training Consultant for Bootstrap Bootcamp, Marriage on the Rock Facilitator and a Domestic Violence Advocate at the Women’s Resource Center.
Shirley graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in November of 2015, Bootstrap Bootcamp Certificate in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Finally, she is a Certified Interpreter serving Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speaking individuals for over ten years. In 2016, Shirley partnered with her friend, Zoila Bernal, to launch Be Moore Interpreting because they believe that there is a way to “Creatively Bridge Communication.” Furthermore, they would like to transform the interpreting field by constantly evaluating their services and searching for the hidden outliers within the world community.
Shirley lives by the following words: “She believed she could… So she did!”