Erica Bright’s childhood was filled with abuse and neglect. She entered foster care at the age of 13 and later came to Buckner foster care in Lubbock. 

Not only did Erica feel safe with Buckner, she felt valued because they understood how to connect with her. The home parents treated her with respect and helped change her life. 

“I remember being very confused at first because I didn't know who everyone was or where I would sleep that night,” Erica recalled. “But then I heard someone say the children's home was a long-term placement. After being abruptly removed from my last home, the idea of a long-term placement made me breathe a sigh of relief.”

Now Erica is 24 years old. She’s discovered who she is. She's married and has a six-month-old daughter, Clara Grace. 

Erica graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015 with a degree in Speech Language Pathology. Following her graduation, she has been active in the Lubbock community and Buckner ministries. 

Last Christmas, she made stockings full of gifts for 45 children in foster care and her church community wrote each of the youth encouraging letters. Erica also spoke at the 2017 Lubbock Tea panel about Buckner transitional programs. 

She gives back because she knows what it’s like to be a child in foster care and wants to make a difference in the lives of children. Foster care helped her discover and embrace who she is. She’s using her experience to help others.

Who will you help this week? 

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. –Romans 12:9

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