Jessica’s Story

Jessica’s Story

By Meg Townsend It has been said that, “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’ That statement, from an unknown author, aptly depicts the spirit of Grooming Project student Jessica Gabriel. Jessica, who graduated from The Grooming...
Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

It was a moment of God-given self-restraint that led Shautina, 39, to The Grooming Project.  She was standing outside her apartment complex’s office smoking a cigarette and “sulking in misery.” The stressors of being a single mother of two had piled. After receiving...
FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON Life wasn’t going well for Kara Johnson. She didn’t know – never had known — her mom. Her father suffered mental health and addiction issues and wasn’t the best role model. Nor was his ex-wife, who gave Kara a home for a while,...