Meet Jessica: A Heartfelt Journey Towards Transforming Stockton.
I was born in a small town in Eastern Washington in 1977. My father was a grain farmer and veteran serving in Vietnam, and my mother worked and attended school.  When my mother was born, she had a birth defect in both of her hips which caused a lifelong disability.  My grandmother and grandfather played a significant role in my care as a young child and taught me the order of God first, then husband and children, etc., as a life path to follow.  When I was 5, my mother moved to Stockton, where I grew up. Being raised by a woman who never quit climbing up the ladder in life, despite her disability engrained characteristics in me that taught me to never give up.  I graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1995 with a 3.9 and was awarded the Presidential Academic Achievement Award.
About Jessica...

For the next ten years, I worked as a legal assistant in a law firm specializing in various aspects of the law including but not limited to family law, criminal law, civil litigation, bankruptcy and debt collection.  I was married in 2003 and had my third child in 2004. In 2007 I moved to Denver with my three daughters to work at a law firm and raise my children in a different environment.

When I relocated to Denver, I did not have a support network, so it was a vast undertaking raising three girls as a single mother. While in Denver, I worked downtown and made an extensive network of friends. Denver’s culture leans towards quite a bit of social drinking, and I found myself getting two DUIs as a result of my choices to drink and drive. Going through the legal process, continuing to be my children’s sole provider, and working full-time taught me a precious lesson-drinking was not going to be a part of my life any longer. 

In November 2016, I decided to move back to Stockton and worked as a property manager at Glendora Apartments on the northside of town. These apartments were not properly kept and crime ridden. During my time there, I worked with every department in the city to ensure that the building was brought up to code and returned to a habitable and comfortable condition.

Halfway through my employment, the property was sold to a Bay Area investor, and they started to upgrade their property while simultaneously evicting the present residents. I continued to assist residents relocate, kept trespassers, criminals, and local homeless people off the property. 

In September 2017, while moving my belongings out of my apartment, I was pulled over by police. I had my Colorado registered firearm in the truck I was driving and was arrested and taken to jail since I had not re-registered my weapon in California.

Following my release from employment and now not having a home to live in, my daughter relocated with her father to Washington state. Unemployed, I moved to a trailer parked in a friend’s landscaping yard for almost three years. During my time living there, I would refinish furniture and resale it to make a living. One day, my daughter contacted me and told me that our old pastor was trying to find me. I reconnected with him, and I genuinely believe that is what started to turn my life around. I decided enough was enough, and I left town with my truck, trailer, and dogs, and got myself back on track.

I came back to Stockton a few weeks later and within a couple of months, I started working as a paralegal again at a law firm. About three months into this job, a homeless woman came to the door of my office with apparent mental health issues. I went outside, talked to her, hugged her, and on her way she went.

As a result of this interaction, I began writing out a program for a homeless project, a residential life skills training facility for aged-out foster youth and troubled youth, a sober living home, and a mentorship program for the child. During this time, I also wrote a letter to Mayor Lincoln and told him my entire story and what I had experienced. His office invited me to join their committee on homelessness. After a few meetings, I grew impatient with much talking and little action taken. 

In June of 2021, Red Rabbit Advocacy was formed and was officially a corporation by September 2021 and registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. During these past two and a half years, I have engaged our homeless community and provided services, hope, and compassion to many in need. I have also encountered dozens of nonprofit organizations, met with many city leaders, and pushed for action to make headway against our homeless epidemic.

Seeing our city continue in the wrong direction and feeling completely unheard with regards to the daily realities in the streets, the impact homelessness has on our police resources with the continual displacement and futile relocation of people equates to wasteful spending. There are better and more effective ways that the indigent community can regain their stability through regulated locations.  I believe that the compilation of life experiences have given me a unique insight to realistic solutions for every aspect of our community.

Finally, I believe that if we approach strategically the underserved with access to physical stability and encourage education and employment opportunities by bridging economic partnerships between the workforce and industries, we can help to revitalize our citizenry and overall economy.

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