“The Way I See It,” Reflections by Jenica, a Teen Participant

jottings by JenicaJenica, one of our teen participants, agreed to share her thoughts about her senior year in high school. In this segment, she writes about all that she and her mom have experienced. She also has dreams for her future. “Jenica’s Jottings” is the first part of Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter’s “In Our Own Voices” campaign. The writings of our participants will lift up into full view the resilience and courage our participants demonstrate daily.


Hello, my name is Jenica. I’m 17 years old and currently attend West High School. At a very young age, I was introduced to a very unstable life. But today I live a very stable and healthy life. Humility of Mary is to thank for this.

Growing up for me was hard. My mother was an alcoholic as well as a drug addict. At the time I wasn’t aware of what was going on. But, I knew I didn’t have that perfect life shown on TV or the family life I saw other kids my age having. Through the years I went to a lot of schools, missed a lot of schools, and never really had a true home. I was always waiting to move, wondering how long I would be at this house or sometimes even who was I going to live with next.

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Jenica shares how life becomes more complicated for a teen without a stable home.

Even as my mother was sober and was involved in her programs, working the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, not everyone was willing to give us a home. Due to her record, other people didn’t see the change I had. They weren’t willing to overlook her felonies and give her a chance. But thanks to Sandy, Rebecca, Rosie, and many others in the Humility of Mary program we were granted that opportunity.

Jenica’s life — New opportunity

It was late May 2014, the end of my middle school career and I was going into high school a few month later.  We were moving into our new house–not living with anyone, not fearful of being rejected. Mom got a new job. This lifted so much stress off of even me. Being a kid in my generation is tough. Everyone judges. And bouncing from home to home, living off of people and such isn’t the best way to make friends.

Moving here helped me with new opportunities. It made me more comfortable, less ashamed. Humility of Mary Housing helped with school supplies food, sometimes even clothing. They took us in and gave my mother and me a chance when no one else did. This made the difference. Who knows if I would be doing this good in high school without them?

Now I maintain around a B average and take college classes. I need 1.75 credits in order to graduate. Humility of Mary helped me to become the young woman I am today, and for that I am so very grateful.

One Reply to ““The Way I See It,” Reflections by Jenica, a Teen Participant”

  1. Congratulations Jessica. You are an amazing young lady. Congratulations on the choices you’ve made for your life. I am sure you will be successful doing whatever you choose in life. You should be very proud of who you’ve become. I am and I don’t know you. What I do know is by choosing the right path you will have so many opportunities to choose from. Best Wishes for a bright future.

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