Transitional Living – Meet Justine


Justine is a nineteen-year-old resident of the PCHAS San Antonio Transitional Living Program. She entered foster care when she was only six years old. She was removed from that home by Child Protective Services and was adopted by another family. At the age of nine, she was once again abandoned by her adoptive family.

Shortly thereafter, Justine was referred to PCHAS’ San Antonio Group Home for girls age eight through eighteen years old.  At first, she didn’t trust anyone and was resistant to her Home Parents. But after some time, her Home Parents earned her trust. She realized that they were there to help her and loved her unconditionally.

As a teenager, Justine moved to an independent living program in Austin and graduated from high school. Then she moved back to San Antonio and enrolled in community college at Northwest Vista. Justine was referred to the Transitional Living Program by a PCHAS employee she had grown close to while living in the San Antonio Group Home. After just six months in the PCHAS Transitional Living Program, Justine has made a lot of progress.

“She realized that the staff was there to help her and love her unconditionally.”

The Transitional Living Program is helping Justine save money for a car and plan for her academic future. She plans to complete an associate’s degree in biology at Northwest Vista and then transfer to Texas A&M University in Galveston to fulfill her dream of becoming a marine biologist.

Justine is truly an inspiration. From living with a biological mother who was a drug-addict to living with an adoptive family who abandoned her at age nine, the odds were stacked against her. But she never gave up. She never ceased to move forward or let her circumstances define her.

Justine is thriving in the Transitional Living Program. “The staff does everything they can to help me, and I am so grateful for what they have given me,” she said. “I not only have a place to live, but also have a group of people I can trust — and confide in. PCHAS has truly changed my life for the better.”

Despite her troubled past, Justine refuses to give up or allow her past to control her future.