Jessica’s Story

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Of all the clients I’ve had the privilege to meet and discuss their story, Jessica was by far the most nervous.  Anxious over what to tell or maybe who would want to listen.  Though I could see her eagerness to share, I felt her reluctance to put words to her journey.  Currently working on the litter crew, Jessica will celebrate 2 years at Wear Gloves in May.  Most importantly, in March she will celebrate 2 years clean.  You see, Jessica came to Wear Gloves for the first time back in 2017 when she relocated from Michigan.  She met Ken and Wendy through her father who leads worship at Church in the Garden.  Jessica for several years and through several rehab facilities battled a heroin addiction.  A battle that ultimately led to losing parental rights of her 2 children.  Although she promised herself at a young age, she would not give into the demons that wreaked havoc on every other member of her family, a simple prescription given as treatment for a medical condition began her unraveling.  Through multiple rehabilitation programs which never quite broke through the dysfunction and miles of heartache, she now finds herself on the survival side of an addiction that could have easily ended her life. 
In 2017, when she found herself here in Florida and around family it seemed things were on a better path.  Shortly after, she found herself in some trouble which landed her in jail and soon entangled yet again with her addiction.
In 2020 after again losing everything she held close, she found herself at the brink and ready for change.  This time though, Jessica would make the choice for herself.  Desperately wanting change and needing help she reached out to her father (a recovering addict himself) with a courageous phone call.  You see, due to Jessica’s habitual tendency to fall back into the chains of her addiction, she had not been in communication with her dad.  However, with one courageous cry for help, her father showed up and drove her to a rehabilitation center.

Jessica’s story from there has been full of redemption and exudes of gratitude.   On March 7th, she will boast of a 2-year sobriety that has added so much fullness to her life.  She recognizes it’s not a journey she’s taken alone, “there is help out there.” she explained, “this place”.  Of course, a choice is necessary, but “There is always someone here for you.”  She beamed with excitement as she spoke about all the good things in her life.  Her promotion to supervisor on the litter crew here at Wear Gloves is one of her biggest accomplishments.  “It’s huge!” she exclaimed several times throughout our meeting.  “Ken and Wendy (Wear Gloves) they kept me on the right path”, she continued, “I’m still processing it all.”  Jessica realizes without second chances, a grace to cover every misstep or back step and support along every forward step, she wouldn’t be where she is today.  Now she’s enjoying a life full of relationship; her mother, father, nieces, other family, and friends at Wear Gloves, continually supporting and caring for her.  She takes any chance she has to lend a listening ear to someone going through a hard time.  The things that meant so much to her, she tries to give back to others. There is no hiding her excitement for her future and how proud she feels with the stage she is on in her journey.  A journey filled with an abundant amount of grace, not just from others, but for herself.  She proves that second chances and even second second chances can be redeemed.  Life may not offer us a brand new start, but we do have a promise that there can be beauty from the ashes of our lives.  As for Jessica, her story has so much left to be told and I anticipate it’ll be beautiful.

Tiffany TuckerJessica’s Story

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  • Charlene - March 7, 2022 reply

    What a beautiful story, and so proud of Jessica!! Thank you to Ken & Wendy for giving her a chance to start over & you can tell how grateful Jessica is!! Keep up the great work.

    Charlene Mitchell - March 8, 2022 reply

    As your Mom Jessica, wanted to tell you how proud I am of you & all you have accomplished & will accomplish in the future. You deserve this & so much more Sis, you have been through so much in the past & the Lord never gave up on you & neither did I, oh it wasn’t easy being your mom because I use to wait & worry/cry not knowing where you were or what/who you were with just not wanting that dreaded phone call or knock on my door with news that you wouldn’t be ever coming back home. I thank the Lord every single day that he got thru to you & you chose to turn your life around. You have so many people that love & care for you. I love you more than you will ever know baby girl don’t ever forget that 😘 💕 ❤ Mom

  • Janice - March 7, 2022 reply

    Jess is a strong, beautiful young lady. All the continued best to you.

  • Casey G - March 7, 2022 reply

    I’m so humbled for you Jessica. I’m proud of your accomplishments! I’ve loved you since the first day I met you 27 years ago. You’ve always been my sister no matter where your life has taken you and I’ve always hated that you have suffered the way you have. I’m so happy that you’ve found this group, and have something to look forward to! Keep up the good work, I love you tons!

  • Maria Langridge - March 7, 2022 reply

    I have never met you in person, however, I have watched you overcome your demons and just blossom! Congratulations honey!

  • Christan - March 7, 2022 reply

    I’m so proud of you Jess! You are such an inspiration to everyone around you. There are great things that await you ❤️

  • Allisa smith - March 8, 2022 reply

    I am very proud of you. You are doing so good.

  • Bekah - March 8, 2022 reply

    Celebrating the goodness of God with you sister! Thank you for stepping out and sharing your story so others can see the hope we have in Jesus! Gods healing shines through your eyes!

  • Cynthia Cecil - March 8, 2022 reply

    This is great news my sweet girl keep up the good work keep fighting the battles. Love Cyndee from Triple cross church

  • Justin (Bub) aka Your Big Brother - March 8, 2022 reply

    God granted her the serenity to accept the things she couldn’t change.. He gave her the courage to change what she could. And He gave her the wisdom to know the difference.
    I’m proud to see how far you’ve come. And though it’s still a long road ahead, your in the driver’s seat and moving forward. Keep on keeping on. One step at a time and see the good things fall into place.

  • Martha - March 9, 2022 reply

    Jessica thank you for sharing your journey with us. God blesses us when we turn to Him. Am so proud of your accomplishments.

  • Laura Ferko - March 16, 2022 reply

    Jessica, so so proud of you in the Lord! For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. I don’t even know if you remember me honey, I’m your mom’s cousin Laura, but more importantly I’m your sister in Christ, I live up north , here in Ohio. I had no idea what you were going through but I’m so grateful to God He loved you way too much to leave you there and as soon as you made that choice to change He met you where you were and began the process. How do I know? I know the faithfulness of our God!!!! Stay on the path honey, He’s got an amazing journey ahead for you!!

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