Lindsey describes her time in growing up between foster care and an unhealthy guardian as being traumatic, leaving her feeling isolated, angry, anxious and confused.
Despite her struggles, Lindsey remained fiercely independent and focused on a healthier future for herself and her daughter. One day in 2019, she called 211 seeking resources and was referred to Just in Time. The timing was perfect, as JIT was just launching a new service, Rise to Resilience (R2R), which focuses on overcoming toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Thinking she could really benefit from the service, Lindsey immediately took the opportunity to join the R2R cohort.
“I was open and I knew I needed it,” explained Lindsey. “I wanted to be better for my boyfriend and my daughter, and of course, for myself because I am worthy of love and I want to give that to them as well.”
Through R2R, Lindsey engaged in a curriculum that teaches healthy habits and coping mechanisms, caring for your body and mind, and more. And the skills and knowledge she’s gained have set her up for a better future for her and her family. Lindsey has also learned it’s important to take care of herself, not just those around her.
“I’ve definitely gained a lot of confidence. I can now advocate for myself and also accept that this is me,” she shared. “I’ve learned to reflect, adapt, be patient, love and care for myself, be mindful. I’ve learned how to cope. It’s really helped me a lot. Just in Time has become a safe space, a second home. I am very thankful for everyone’s support, patience and understanding. I always appreciate the encouraging words and just feeling that I can really accomplish anything. That’s a good feeling.”