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A Fulfilling Change

Prior to UCC, Jennifer’s addiction was fueled by hopelessness, desperation, and despair. She was incarcerated and admitted into the Milwaukee County Drug Court Program which required her to complete 60 days of inpatient treatment. Jennifer enrolled in UCC’s Human Services Program and was determined to complete the program. Jennifer saw the difference after completing the program – she felt brand new. Yet, with time, she relapsed as she suffered the loss of her fiancé. In Jennifer's struggle to cope and in her grief, she attempted to take her own life. Luckily, she was saved and was given a second chance to live.

She returned to UCC and was determined to reclaim her life. Jennifer entered the program with a different perspective and embraced the process. She embarked on a journey of self-discovery and learned to align her actions with her life goals. With the help of her counselors, Jennifer learned to live differently and break free from the chains of her addiction.

Jennifer became a Program Assistant in the Women’s Residential House at UCC and went on to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist. She has been clean for more than six years and during that time she became a mom to a beautiful daughter. Today, Jennifer manages and operates Milwaukee’s only peer-run respite, The Parachute House, and is very fulfilled in her role.