Brittany & Grayson
Current Residents, St. Paul
When Brittany started the process to become a resident at Jeremiah, Brittany admits she had no self-confidence. “I was mourning the loss of a dream I had built in my mind of what my family was going to look like, and I was overwhelmed with all the challenges that stood in my way,” she says. “My spirit was crushed. But Jeremiah’s empowerment class, which is part of the admissions process, was lifechanging. This class gave me the tools to start my healing process.”
Brittany grew up in Colorado, primarily with her father as sole parent because her mother spent most of Brittany’s childhood in prison for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Her life with her father and stepmother was precarious, and she eventually ended up in the foster care system.
Shortly after she graduated from high school, her mother was arrested again for being a ringleader in one of the biggest meth busts in Colorado. Brittany started cosmetology school, then moved on to work with Frontier Airlines. In 2009 she got a permanent position in Minneapolis as the Supervisor of Operations. She met a police officer at the airport, and after a whirlwind romance, found out she was pregnant. She was six months pregnant when she got a text message from him ending their relationship.
Her son was born prematurely—quite likely the result of the stress in her life. She took a voluntary furlough with Frontier, now an unemployed mother of an infant, without a place to live, no family and a very small circle of childless friends, and only a high school education, as she was unable to get her cosmetology license transferred from Colorado.
She googled “single mom students St. Paul” and Jeremiah popped up. “I googled ‘single mom students St. Paul’ and Jeremiah popped up,” she says. “It seemed too good to be true. Being at Jeremiah removed a lot of stress about being safe. The program has provided me a chance to heal from some very old and deep wounds. It also offered me the chance to truly enjoy my son’s childhood. I am able to be the parent to him that mine never could be to me.”
Early on Jeremiah helped Brittany figure out funding for her education. She says, “Having a life coach has been so important. I finally have someone who has my best interest at heart and is very honest with me. The life coach helps me keep a long-term focus when making decision. The staff here reminds me that I have control over my situation. They are here to remind me of some of the tools that were provided through empowerment.”
As for her son Grayson, he’s a thriving four-year-old. He loves to paint and play pranks.
Brittany says, “Please look to my life and to my son’s life and know that your investment is well worth it.”