Rachel S.

Rachel Sessions was 21, unemployed and living with her parents when she became pregnant more than 14 years ago. They were already struggling financially, so Rachel turned to the Magnolia Project, where her story of hope began with an open door and someone to talk to.

“Connie Morgan was there for me from the first minute. Miss Connie just knew how to talk to me,” Rachel said. “Over the next two years, and even now, she is an inspiration.”

Rachel received medical attention throughout her pregnancy, as well as the other benefits like baby supplies, clothes and more.

When her son Marquis was born, Rachel continued with the Healthy Start program because she knew she still needed help. But Rachel had goals. She took a job one month after giving birth and dedicated herself to achieving her ambitions.

“Healthy Start gave me hope. They taught me to depend on me,” Rachel said. “That’s the gift I will always cherish.”

Rachel completed her Medical Assistant certification, with honors, and recently returned to work as part of the clinic staff at the Magnolia Project. Her own experience, combined with her skill set, is a good fit. In fact, she was recently named Medical Assistant of the Year by the Duval County Health Department.

Rachel now supports her 14 year-old son, Marquis, and takes care of her mother.