For Chalace Phillips, life hasn't always turned out how she planned. But she's always looked at each day as a chance to make things better.
Part of making things better included founding Midland Teen Court after Phillips was inspired by her time with Buckner Family Pathways® in Midland, Texas. Teen Court is a nonprofit that creates opportunities for others in challenging situations.
When Phillips was working as the resource director at the Midland Independent School District, she helped connect families with resources needed like food and household items to programs to help strengthen them and reduce barriers to self-sufficiency.
The Family Pathways program in Midland was one she often recommended. The program supports single parents care for their children and determine what's next for their future. With the help of affordable housing and child care, parents feel supported and empowered to break the cycle for future generations.
She realized the program wasn't just a good fit for the families she worked with but also for herself.