LITTLE ROCK (December 6, 2016) – Our House announced the winner of its “Resilient Family of the Year” award, which seeks to honor Our House clients that best exemplify the hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community that Our House sees as keys to success in overcoming homelessness.
At Our House’s “Home for the Holidays” fundraising event on December 2, Our House announced that Courtney Jackson, a 25-year-old mother of three children, was chosen as this year’s Resilient Family of the Year awardee. The honor includes a $15,290 award to be invested in 529 college savings accounts for her three children. The scholarship funds come from Arvest Bank, which contributed $10,000, and the State of Arkansas’s 529 Program, which contributed $5,290. Asa Cottrell, Senior Vice President of Arvest, and Dennis Milligan, Arkansas State Treasurer, were on hand Friday night to present the award.
Courtney Jackson has been through a lot in the past two years. A car wreck that killed her best friend and left her physically and emotionally wounded. Becoming homeless and checking into a shelter. Moving her family into a new apartment, only to learn that her mother has early onset Alzheimer’s and requires her full-time care.
But through all of this hardship, Courtney has embodied the resilient spirit that Our House sees in hundreds of clients each year. She has taken on night work, caring for the children of relatives and friends who work night shifts in her home. She has worked closely with Our House’s homelessness prevention program, receiving case management and coaching to help her make a plan for sustainability. She has enrolled her three children in Our House’s Little Learners Child Development Center, where they learn, grow, and prepare for kindergarten in a nurturing environment. She has actively participated in our Career Center programs to build her job skills, financial skills, and life skills.
She brings her mother with her wherever she goes, and she, her three kids, and her mother have all become a part of the Our House family.