Jessica grew up in what she describes as a dysfunctional family. Her father was absent and her mother was addicted to drugs. Most of her childhood was unstable, unsafe, and abusive. She was determined to have a different life, a healthy relationship, and a home in which to anchor her family. She met her partner and began building a life with him, having two little boys in quick succession. Her dream for a better life dissolved when her partner became addicted to drugs. She tried to support him and soon realized she was repeating the patterns of her childhood. She broke that cycle when she found Friends Association.