January 12, 2010 article by Karin Elton published in the Marshall Independent

She had no hope. Her "profession," she said, was drug addiction. From the ages of 16 to 28, Jessica of Granite Falls said she felt hopeless about her life.

Getting her GED through Adult Basic Education last February was the "first sign of hope," for her and it "set in motion a change in her life. I thank God for that opportunity," she said.

She's been clean and sober for 15 months and she's been able to get her three children out of foster care. In addition, she's going to school to become a chemical dependency counselor.

"Without this program, it would not have been possible," Jessica said.

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