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Jennifer - JW

Jennifer - JW

Jennifer rises above her pain, choosing kindness and living by the words “treat people the way you want to be treated.”

QUICK FACTS

HOMETOWN:

Nashville, TN

DREAM JOB:

Lawyer

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Shopping

WHAT SHE'S WATCHING:

Criminal Minds

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Lecrae and Derek Minor

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

Downtown

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Skyler Single

HOMETOWN:

Nashville, TN

DREAM JOB:

Lawyer

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Shopping

WHAT SHE'S WATCHING:

Criminal Minds

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Lecrae and Derek Minor

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

Downtown

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Skyler Single

PERSONALITY

Carrying herself with a poise and grace, Jennifer possesses a nearly regal demeanor. Her soft-spoken nature doesn’t give much warning for her witty humor and taste in Christian rap. Jennifer lights up the room with her smile, and she stays collected in the most stressful of situations. Even when under tremendous financial pressure, she takes the time to listen to others, brushing off her fears by simply saying “it’ll be alright.” Jennifer is kind to everyone, and she’s been known to help her fellow co-workers whenever possible. She holds unceasingly to what her mom always told her: “treat people the way you want to be treated.”

STORY

Despite incredibly difficult life circumstances, Jennifer has remained resilient and continues to choose to rise above her pain. Born and raised in Nashville, Jennifer grew up in a household with alcoholism present, and she was sexually abused by a family friend as a child. She had her first daughter at age 18, and she ended up having four girls with her husband by the age of 20 (including a set of twins). After her husband abandoned her and their daughters, Jennifer met another man and had a son with him at age 29. She later fled the situation to escape domestic abuse; she and her children left with the clothes on their backs. They were homeless for the next 6 months as Jennifer tried to piece together their lives, all the while holding a job. She eventually found housing, but she was again confronted with tragedy when her parents and one of her daughters died. In spite of her trying childhood, Jennifer was very close with her mom, so her mother’s death was a great loss. Jennifer was also deeply grieved by the passing of her daughter, who was 27 at the time. She’s never been the same since that day. Despite the financial, emotional, and physical suffering her life has rendered, Jennifer is determined to find a fresh start, and she hopes to inspire her four surviving children and seven grandchildren to fight for a better life. She is the epitome of selflessness and perseverance in the midst of pain.

AT UNLOCKED

Jennifer came to interview with us at the recommendation of Community Care Fellowship, our nonprofit partner in East Nashville. As soon as we began talking with her, we knew she was an incredible woman and a great fit for the work and culture of UNLOCKED. Moving past typical surface-level conversation, Jennifer opened up, and everyone was crying by the end of our first conversation. Since officially joining the team, Jennifer has proved herself as hard-working and graceful. Effortlessly learning the art of making and packaging our products, she’s become an integral part of the family.

FUTURE PLANS

Looking towards permanent employment before retirement, Jennifer is seeking a corporate job with good benefits. As a forever learner, she hopes to find a job that will offer her the chance to learn new skills to add to her repertoire. More than anything, she’s focused on providing for herself and her family. She wants to, in her own words, “age gracefully and have a healthier lifestyle.” She would also love to travel out of the country at some point, where should could explore a sunny beach and buy exotic shoes.

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