Holly’s story begins with her own mother. Waking up on a different couch time and again and being hungry were the norm for Holly. She was taken by Child Protective Services when her mom was arrested for child endangerment, felony drug possession and related charges.
Without a permanent home, Holly had 30+ foster placements by the time she was 16. This left Holly not believing or trusting anyone except perhaps her drug dealer.
Being Beba’s mom gave Holly hope she hadn’t known before but it didn’t give her a way out. Holly quit high school without a diploma. She had so many unpaid traffic fines that her driver’s license was suspended and she and Beba were frequent consumers of the local homeless shelter.
It took a near-tragedy for Holly to get a grip and begin to turn her life around. Loving how cheap the stuff was and not questioning why, Holly scored a batch of arsenic-laced heroin. When she woke up in the hospital, a nurse told her that Beba was now in protective custody and she had a court date in two weeks.
Before court, Holly’s public defender told her she had a choice. She could do jail time or she could enter Family Drug Court. If she went to jail she would not see Beba for a long time. In Family Drug Court, she’d have to do a lot of work, but it could all lead to regaining custody of her daughter.
Because Holly chose Family Drug Court, after that arrest, judicially-supervised treatment known as collaborative courts stepped in and oversaw the process of recovery and rebuilding Holly’s life which otherwise would be lost to the disease of addiction.
Holly is doing well now, better than she ever imagined possible. She graduated from Family Drug Court last year with both custody of Beba and a GED. Three years clean and sober, Holly is half way to completing an AA degree in accounting. Realizing she had a head for numbers was one of many gifts Holly gained through sustained sobriety.
Having a CCJC Foundation Local Fund Advisory Board in her county gave Holly financial support that otherwise would not exist. During the two years that it took her to complete Family Drug Court, Holly received four small grants:
• $250 Apartment rent co-pay
• $165 Utilities turned on in the apartment
• $308 Bus passes to make court required appointments
• $120 Winter clothing for Beba, her daughter
Thanks to donors like you, Holly got her child, her driver’s license, and her life back.
You can help others like Holly with your tax-deductible contribution to CCJC Foundation.
Other than local contributions like yours, there is little or no other funding available to address the needs the CCJC Foundation tackles. Learn more about these needs. When you contribute locally to your collaborative court programs you are helping someone proceed in building a new life.
Your support makes it possible for people like Holly to graduate from their collaborative court program. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those who successfully complete their collaborative court program do not re-offend. When they succeed, the cycle of poverty is broken, families are healed, and public safety is increased.
It can’t happen without your donation. Your belief in these individuals’ capacity to overcome life-damaging issues and to change is invaluable.
You may designate your donation to your own county or to the CCJC Foundation as a whole.
Dianne Marshall, President,
Board of Directors
CA Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation