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Peoria Woman Serves Integral Role in "Don't Start"

PEORIA - One Peoria woman is proving programs like "Don't Start" can saves lives
PEORIA - One Peoria woman is proving programs like "Don't Start" can saves lives


It takes leaders.

And it takes courage, hard work, and the will to picture things differently from those receiving the message.


Jacqueline Allison works at Goodwill Logistics.

She takes pictures of donations to put on the web.

People buy it online.

All the proceeds go to help veterans.


“I love helping people, so, I mean, I think that's an excellent thing for me to be doing. I was helped out, so, I’m glad to be helping someone else,” Allison explains.


Take a snapshot of Jacqueline’s life a year ago, and you'd get a totally different view.


“The experience was something i will never forget. It wasn't really scary. It was more me being away from my family. I made a bad decision and I paid the consequence,” says Allison.


Jacqueline spent six months in jail for a felony.

She left four kids at home, without their mom.


“There are consequences for everything you do in your life. I'm living proof of it,"  she says.


But, she's proving bad decisions don't have to be the only path.

She got into Carl Cannon's ELITE Re-entry program and graduated.

She's now helping kids across the state get the picture.


“Well, my message is to have a voice. Have a voice, because if you don't talk to somebody about what you're going through, it makes things worse,” Allison adds.


She talks to them about drug abuse, sexual abuse, and violence.

Jacqueline's also living proof, people need a second chance.

But she wants to get her message across, now, before a second chance even becomes an option.


“I just don't want them to feel like they have to do bad things in order to do good things. Start doing good things right now.”


Jacqueline hopes to continue  her work with students as "Don't Start" gets off the ground.

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