Jackie lived with various family members growing up, including her grandmas, dad and mom. Her dad was abusive so she ran away to her mom’s at 15. However, this was also not a good situation since her mom struggled with substance abuse. Jackie became the primary caretaker of her new baby brother while her mom was “living her best life.” After an incident where the police came to the house, Jackie and her baby brother were removed from the home. Jackie was 17 and planned to start at Grand Canyon University the next week, so they had to separate her and her brother. She was in a foster home for one week before moving into a dorm. Although she was required to see her foster mom once a month until she was 18, Jackie was basically on her own and loved being independent.
Jackie moved into the Arms of Love Home for young women aging out of foster care in April. She recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Counseling. Jackie is getting ready to apply for graduate school and recently started a new job. She shares, “If you stay focused on your goals, then it’s going to happen because that’s where your focus is.” Jackie feels like she has community now through the home. She wasn’t looking for it, but she’s glad she has it now. You can give a gift of any dollar amount this #GivingTuesday to transform a life like Jackie’s, and others served by ABCS. Gifts to the Arms of Love Home will be doubled thanks to a generous matching gift. Go to to donate.