“Real Change” Series – Jenn

Jenn Andrews is a survivor. She survived not only a brutal childhood, but a nearly life-ending relationship. With nowhere else to turn, the Charis House became a truly life saving place for her and her son.

This episode of “Real Change” made its premiere last month at the annual Charis House Gala. After her story ran on the big screen, Jenn came up on stage and talked to Fort Wayne Rescue Mission CEO Donovan Coley and the audience about her story, and the importance of people’s donations and support of the mission of Charis House. There was not a dry eye in the house.

I wanted a calming element to weave into Jenn’s story visuals, which led me to take her and her teenage son out to Summit Equestrian Center. There’s something soothing about the horses, and the fact that they are therapy horses – used for therapeutic riding lessons for PTSD and other cognitive and emotional disorder individuals – only made it more fitting. Horses don’t care what your baggage is – they just bring their calming power to you and connect in a way no other animal can.

Jenn is a survivor, and a success story. She has moved on to a successful career and has a wonderful relationship with her teenage son. She owes it all to Charis House!

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