Jean: Law Student, Wife, & Mother of Three

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Meet Jean, former Third Way Center resident. She is 30 years old, a law student at Denver University (hoping to focus her law career on criminal and juvenile law), a wife of seven years and a mother of three children. Third Way Center was a new beginning for Jean and since her stay here, she has worked hard to be happy and successful.

Jean’s Journey:

As a 14 year old runaway Jean was in and out of group and foster homes. By 16 she was “defiant and on drugs” and living on a friend’s couch. It was at this time she was placed at Third Way Center (TWC), where she stayed for almost 2 years.

Her stay at TWC was not always easy, but she made it through. After leaving our program, she moved to Seattle where she lived in her own apartment. She thanks TWC for teaching her the independent living skills necessary to survive. Jean feels that her experiences at our Lincoln Street Supervised Apartments, in particular, taught her how to “be an adult.” Additionally, she thanks TWC for helping her to become part of the community and for giving her “tough love” and the basic limits that she needed at the time. She says that many of the behavior management techniques that she uses with her own children are things that she learned from the Third Way staff.

These days Jean is 30 years old, a student at Denver University’s law school (hoping to focus her law career on criminal and juvenile law), a wife of seven years and a mother of three children. She is happy and successful. And while Jean has many life experiences that have led her to where she is today she remarks that her experience at Third Way Center was a good one and that our program isn’t about “just housing and feeding you, it was about wanting you to be successful and not giving up.” Jean has never given up on herself and as a reminder of her days at TWC, she has a simple household item – a pot, given to her during her days at Lincoln – that has traveled with her on her journey and is still in her kitchen today.

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