Xenia Vorotova was born in Izhevsk, a city in Russia. She was a small Jewish girl who thought that everything is possible in the United States. She mainly observed this from their music, movies, and different magazines. She began dreaming about living in the US, and her family moved to the US, 20 years ago when she was 17.
Their landing place was New York City. Ms. Deere, along with her mother and sister was very happy to make it to New York. In the year 1998, the population of New York was about 7.4 million whereas Izhevsk’s was only half a million populated. The sight of the city was not what she had imagined. The city was noisy and used to be jam-packed 24/7.
Doe Deere and the other two ladies were eager to work because they soon found out that the money saved by their mother by working as an accountant in Russia was not enough to run the expenses of the three of them. Her educational degrees and records were to be transferred from Russia whereas they were running out of money therefore to meet their basic expenses; she started working in people’s apartments and homes. She used to clean up the apartments whereas Xenia herself walked the dogs. The three of them found it very difficult to absorb. There were times when they felt devastated and thought about returning to home.
The three made best but since they were unable to meet their expenses, they were forced to live in a homeless shelter in Manhattan. The next three months were difficult. They used to have free food from local church every Thursday. The three worked hard.
In 1999 they were introduced to an NGO that aims at helping women from different countries who were in worse situations. This helped her mother land her very first job and helped Ms. Deere enter the Fashion Institution and the little sister in Columbia University. In 2000, they shifted to Lehman Projects which was quite luxurious. After some time, Xenia was able to be a successful woman.