Thirteen years ago, Christina (Wolfe) Snyder was a 16-year-old homeless single mother. She cleaned houses for $5 to support her daughter. Two years after her daughter’s birth, she got her high school diploma and then started college. Today, Wolfe’s Cleaning Services, Snyder’s residential and commercial cleaning company — with clients such as The Falls, a 116-unit luxury apartment building — has 15 employees, and earns $100,000 annually.
“I overcame bad lifestyles,” Snyder says simply. “My business is putting me through college. My daughter (13) and son (8) are doing well in school. I have a beautiful home. I got married. My business is fully insured and licensed, and I’m ready to expand beyond Columbia County. My children gave me the push and courage to get where I am, and since the Salomons gave me the opportunity at The Falls, my business has grown with them.”
Even being a cancer survivor didn’t dampen Snyder’s resolve: Now her company sponsors “The Day of Hope” in Hudson, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. What’s her advice for young women? “Don’t ever give up. Keep fighting. Don’t be insecure about yourself, don’t let people make you feel less than you are.” She’s writing a book on how to be a successful businesswoman – of course!
How did you feel when you learned you were one of our honorees?
“I cried. I worked so hard to get here. During the last year or so, I wanted to give up; but I look at my kids and I’m glad I didn’t.”