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Against all odds one woman in Buckner Family Pathways program graduates college

LONGVIEW, Texas - A family pathway program in Longview celebrated its first college graduate from its program earlier today.

Since August of 2016 Stephanie Fletcher has lived at Buckner Family Pathways.

Before that she says life was an obstacle course for her. A single mother living in a one bedroom apartment taking care of her dying grandmother and her seven year old son Devondre. Fletcher said, "It was tough, I've had times where I wanted to give up I mean I've had my crying nights and my crying days"

Through it all she overcame the odds and graduated from Kilgore College with her associates degree in criminal justice.

Buckner Family Pathways program director Kimberly Clough said, "She came to our program just extremely motivated to make a better future for herself and for her son and she has worked so tirelessly."

Those who Stephanie calls her support system were there Tuesday to celebrate all of her success and to congratulate her.

Stephanie's friend Deana Betts said, "She's like an inspiration to me and I'm very proud of her and I love her and her son to death and I hope no matter where she goes in life that she just succeeds and continues to soar."

Danesha Butler, another friend of Stephanie's said, "I just want her to know that I love her and I'm proud of her. Now go get it."

Most of all, Devondre was there to see mommy in the spotlight.

"He tells me all the time you are the best mommy in the world and he just patted me on my back when I told him mommy's graduating and he was like good job mom."

We asked Devondre if he was proud of his mommy and he said, "Yes." 

Stephanie has already enrolled in University of Texas at Tyler's criminal justice program and said, "I'm not only going for a bachelor's degree, but I want to maybe be a probation officer or even an attorney." 

For more information on The Buckner Family Pathway's program you can click here

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