A resident of Belmont Cragin, Jessica came to Christopher House as a teenage mother of two children under two years old. She had dropped out of school and was not engaged with her children's education and development. With our encouragement, Jessica has become a devoted mother: she has participated in parent education courses and is the Parent Representative on our Board of Directors. Her children have benefited tremendously from her involvement: Jessica's daughter, Destiny, is "one of our shining stars. Her physical, mental and emotional growth is a tribute to the excellent care and attention she received from her family," said her teacher, Jennifer Melton. Jessica is now pursuing her Associate's degree and working toward a better future for herself and her children.