AFS 130: Celebrating the resilience and courage of families

In honor of their grace and determination, Jacqueline Williams and her family received the Aurora Family Service Resilience and Courage Award at the 130th annual meeting of the agency, held last week.

Jackie’s fighting spirit has seen her through dark days, including a difficult childhood and enduring years as a battered wife. After ending her marriage, Jackie pressed on as a single mother to successfully raise four children. She remains a role model for her children and 15 grandchildren, as she teaches all of them how to overcome adversity with inner strength and an unwavering faith.

“I’ve learned that nothing lasts forever, especially something bad or traumatic – it’s going to pass,” said Jackie. “Time does not stop, so hold on. It’s going to get better.”

Earlier this year, Jackie survived an incredible health crisis, when she suffered a ruptured aneurysm. After being comatose for three months, the doctors predicted a bleak recovery. According to her daughter, Vanessa Williams, she was not expected to walk, talk or eat ever again without assistance. But they didn’t know Jackie Williams!

Against all odds, she recovered much better than expected and continues to live independently. Collaboration between Jackie’s family and caregivers at Aurora Family Service enables her to remain living in her home.

“We put services in place so Jackie can live independently. Her family does a fantastic job of supporting her and keeping her happy. We talk with Jackie and her family on a regular basis to ensure her needs are being met,” said Alison Vida, case manager in the Family Care Program.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Williams and her family for showing us that, with a strong support network, we can cope with and surpass challenges that come our way.

Aurora Family Service helps families overcome challenges, changes and crisis to live well again. We achieve stability and strength for families through counseling, parenting, elder care, financial, career, health and community services.  For more information, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or call 1-414-342-4560.

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