New Branches Story: Jessica Thelen

As a busy Grand Rapids Community College student who sometimes holds down two jobs in addition to her studies, Jessica Thelen never seemed to have enough time to spend with her younger sisters, Jackie, 17; and Olivia, 7.

She was especially concerned about Olivia.

“I’m going to be going to a four-year school next year, so I really want to spend as much time as I can with her,” Jessica explains.

Last year, she decided to take action. Read Jessica and Olivia’s story here.


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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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