Jinaa Lane

Jinaa Lane is the single parent of a 5 year old daughter and she is desperately trying to become self sufficient and financially stable. She wants to work towards a career specializing in women's health. She has received her Associates degree and is seeking a bachelors degree in Dietetics/Pre-Medicine focused on preventative medicine as it relates to women's health. She believes a college degree is key to unlocking career opportunities and closing the door on a world of poverty, despair and hopelessness. She grew up in a very abusive household where her father murdered her mother in front of her when she was 4 years old. She was then adopted into a family where her adoptive mother was also abused. Unfortunately, when Jinaa got older and became a mother she once again found herself in an abusive relationship. Finally, determined to break the cycle, she left her boyfriend and she and her daughter moved into the Jeremiah House to rebuild her life. Despite the obstacles she has faced (including a later retina detach­ment caused by diabetes that has left her visually impaired) she wants to continue to change her life by getting an education and to help other victims of domestic violence. She volunteers extensively with the Jeremiah program. She now serves as the liaison who organizes volunteer opportunities for the program participants.

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