Natalie Frazier Allen, founder and CEO of Charlotte’s Arts Empowerment Project, told about Meg Jones, who grew up poor in Augusta, Ga., but went to Davidson College on an academic scholarship.
Jones’ mother died just after she graduated fifth in her class from high school. As a sophomore at Davidson, her father died – and her life plummeted into depression, alcoholism and “overwhelming debt.”
She graduated from Davidson in 1993, “but for the next 15 years Meg struggled,” said Frazier Allen, who has worked with abused foster children and women victimized by domestic violence.
Jones “persevered,” realizing she wanted to be a nurse “so she could help people.” During nursing school, she relapsed, then was diagnosed with diabetes that blurred her vision.
She couldn’t afford an eye exam or glasses. Good Friends bought her glasses.