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Allison: "I want my daughters to have a better life than I did, and I won’t stop until I can provide that for them.”

It hasn’t been an easy road to success for Allison*. Originally from western Illinois, she grew up in a home with both parents addicted to drugs and guilty of neglect. When she was 14, Allison was assaulted by a classmate. She soon left school due to the bullying that followed. She found a job to pay for her homeschooling fees, but her mother forced her to quit both in order to take care of her younger siblings. When Allison fell in love, she thought her life would finally change for the better.

And it did—for a time. She had two daughters with her partner, completed her GED and college. Unfortunately, their life was far from perfect. He was emotionally and physically abusive toward Allison, and stood in the way of her education. “Often he sabotaged my attempts to attend school by refusing to drive me there, making me late, or not letting me sleep or study,” she says. “The physical abuse had only been directed toward me in the past, but in 2010, he began to abuse our five-year-old daughter, too.”

Debbie: "My mindset is different now"

A few years ago, Debbie was a stay-at-home mom, married for 16 years. Then, a difficult divorce rocked her world. She lost her home, and with no income to provide for her kids, had to move her family in with her sister. “I had just gone through the divorce and my finances were in shambles, so we lived with her in her Bolingbrook home as a temporary situation,” she recalls. “After about a year, I started to look around to find what resources would be available to us.”

A neighbor of her sister’s told her about Bridge Communities, and Debbie decided to call and inquire. Within 48 hours, Debbie came to the office for an interview. A month later, Bridge offered Debbie and her family a Glen Ellyn apartment in the Transitional Housing program.

Ken and Jerrie: "We knew we would do whatever it takes to succeed"

In an effort to provide a better future for his family, Ken Alexander had been in school full-time to complete his degree, while working part-time as well. Then, in 2008, he was suddenly laid off from his job.

His wife, Jerrie, had been staying at home with their daughters, Jorie and Jaida, and was finishing cosmetology school. But, by the time both parents had finished their schooling at the height of the recession, job prospects were few and far between. “I went on about ten interviews right after I graduated, and then nothing,” Ken says. Ken’s unemployment eventually ran out, and the family sank into debt.

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