(Left - Marajah, Jessica's daughter; Center - Elizabeth Plummer; Big, Right - Jessica, Little)
Elizabeth and Jessica are a prime example of the meaning behind the REUNITE campaign. While Elizabeth and her Little, Jessica, never lost touch, the impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has had on their lives has urged them to pay it forward and continue to support BBBS as we grow!
"Jessica and I were matched in 1998 when we both lived in Gainesville. Over the years, she has lived in Jacksonville, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale. I stayed in Gainesville for a number of years, but spent a short time in St. Pete. But, we always spoke on the phone and tried to meet up whenever possible.
This past year, we both relocated to the Orlando area. We are so pleased to be near each other again. Even now, even though she’s all grown up, she will call me (or facebook me) when her grades come in or to let me know about a new achievement. She is back in school and working on getting her RN. She earned a CNA after graduating high school, but her education was put on hold for a bit due to a marriage and baby.
We both think very highly of the program. When her little girl gets a bit older, Jessica is considering being a Big herself. Jessica will be the first to tell you what a difference she thinks Bigs made in the lives of her family members."