This holiday season, we thank you for making a difference for the children and families at Jack & Jill Children’s Center. You believe in the power of second chances – one of the most tremendous gifts you can give. Here is the inspiring story of Ariana, a mother who received a second chance because of you:

How has Jack & Jill helped me?

Where do I even begin?

One afternoon, when I was walking into the Center to pick up my children, the Staff could tell that something just wasn’t right. They urged me to chat with the Family Strengthening Team – little did I know that conversation would ultimately be my saving grace. I was struggling, in an unsafe situation, and desperately needed safe housing for myself and my three children, Jakobe (6), Anayah (5), and A’Naylah (3). The Center staff helped me find housing in a safe shelter and I started attending the Nurturing Parenting class. Single parenting is so hard, but this class helped me to improve my ability to parent and to advocate for myself and my children. With guidance and help from Center staff, I set goals for myself and my family. Knowing my children were receiving the best education and care gave me peace of mind, and I was able to continue working hard. It was amazing when we finally moved into permanent housing.

I felt as if the pieces of my life were coming together, but I wanted more. For myself, for my children, for their futures. One of the most life-changing experiences for me has been attending the Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead class. Armed with new knowledge from this course, I began creating my life plan. Then, one night I received an email from Jack & Jill’s Family Strengthening Program Director about a job opening at Broward Health. I took a leap of faith and I applied. I felt confident going into the interview thanks to Ms. Jeanette’s coaching, and I am so happy to share with you that I started a full-time job in Broward Health’s Nutritional Services department a few months ago. I have even bigger dreams for myself though. I am starting an LPN program this January, which is the next step toward achieving my goal of becoming a nurse.

My children are so happy at Jack & Jill and The Madelaine Halmos Academy. A’Naylah loves playing make-believe with her classmates. Anayah is excelling academically – my smart girl is reading above her grade level. Jakobe’s favorite subject in 1st Grade is Math and he wants to be a policeman when he grows up. I am confident that Jack & Jill is giving them the best education and a strong foundation to grow up to become smart, resilient, and good adults.

Jack & Jill has been with me every step of the way… always making sure I was okay and providing me with the resources I need. Jack & Jill gave me and my family a second chance. Will you help them give other families their deserved second chance? – Ariana W.

Our goal is to help another 250 families receive quality education and family strengthening programs so they may receive their second chances. We can do this through your holiday gift of $50, $100, $1,000, or whatever you can contribute. Every family deserves this opportunity.

With joy, gratitude, and compassion, we wish you a merry and bright holiday season!

Heather Siskind
Chief Executive Officer
Susan Stanley
Chief Executive Officer
Maria Meyer
Chief Development Officer
Susan Rakes
Chief Program Officer


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