After earning her bachelor's degree in 1996, Monique embarked on a rewarding career working with people who have various types of disabilities. Her work, along with being a mother of two young children, kept her busy helping others. After finally leaving an abusive marriage, Monique found herself raising her children on her own. Although she was still determined to be independent, Monique was faced with unexpected health challenges for both herself and one of her children.
Derek took on a father figure role for his younger brother after their dad passed away unexpectedly. Derek was only 14 — his brother was nine. His mother struggled to cope with the loss, and Derek eventually found himself working nights to pay for the things he and his brother needed. All the while maintaining his 3.6 high school GPA.
Eddie figured that the rest of his days were going to be quiet and uneventful. But one day, everything changed. His son’s issues with drug abuse had gotten worse. He was barely able to take care of himself let alone his children. Eddie realized that, if he didn’t take his grandchildren into his home, they would most likely end up in the foster care system. So he opened his doors and started the journey of raising his grandchildren.