Success Stories

Submitted by BJ Adams, Burke Center Team Leader

Jaylee Phillips, 32, relocated to Lufkin from Beaumont with her two young children after Hurricane Ike. She is a paraplegic single mom, who was looking to improve the life of her children.

After the storm, Phillips was left with practically nothing. With the help of the Texas P.R.I.D.E. Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), Phillips has been connected to many organizations that may help her rebuild her life. These organizations include: The Mosaic Center, National Head Start Association, Goodwill AmeriCorps Program, and Adult Protective Services.

Phillips has also received services for her children. Her 10-year-old son, Micah, was connected with a mentor. He says he enjoys spending time with a father figure who can teach him many new things. Since being connected with his mentor, Micah has improved his grades and behavior, and is no longer absent or tardy to school.

The CCP team also helped Phillips enroll her two-year-old daughter, Miriah, in the National Head Start program. She’ll be attending the school later this year.

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Last updated May 19, 2010