Jackie F.

Lakewood Family YMCA

When Jackie arrived at the Y for her first Journey to Freedom group, she didn't know what to expect or even what she was hoping to receive. She just knew she needed some support.

Support is exactly what she found in Wanda, another group member who was assigned as Jackie's accountability partner. The two were tasked with contacting each other throughout the weeks, and it wasn't long before the two because close friends.

"When you're making changes, it is super important to have this kind of contact, someone that is rooting for you and there when you need that reminder," said Wanda.

"We each discovered that we had areas where the other could fulfill a need," said Jackie. She has not only become a friend but also an adopted grandma to my two children. I am blessed to have her in my life."