My name is Miracle Jenkins. My life has not been easy. When I was born, my grandmother adopted and raised me along with my seven siblings. During my senior year at Auburn High School, I learned I was pregnant. Although I successfully graduated, I became stressed about my baby living in my grandmother’s home which was over crowded with my siblings and other relatives. After talking to people, I was referred to Rockford MELD’s Transitional Living Program. I wanted to make something of my life and I wanted to support myself and my son. I entered the program on October 21, 2011, and my son, Hezekiah, was born on November 6, 2011. I was so excited because I was given the opportunity to have a new beginning for me and my son. Because of the support the MELD program provides, I just completed a ten week Phlebotomy certification course through Rockford Career College. MELD paid for me to attend the course because they believed in my ability to be successful. I am presently working on my associate’s degree in Criminal Justice at Rock Valley College. MELD has made it possible for me secure my own apartment, begin college, improve my parenting skills and life skills. I am working on my next goal which is to obtain my driver’s license. I am truly grateful for the chance and opportunities that MELD has given me!