Born to two loving parents, Maria faced a downward spiral of tragedies at a young age. When her father died in the military Maria’s mother turned to heroin. Void of a mother to truly take care of her and her sister, Maria received a juvenile felony charge for stealing food at age 11. From the juvenile system to the foster system, Maria struggled through her teen years and eventually ended up in a “crisis pregnancy situation”. Finally, The Rescue Project at Phoenix Dream Center became her home.

Since being rescued, Maria has not only survived, but has truly excelled. One of the first candidates to receive full tuition and housing to Grand Canyon University, she plans on enrolling for nursing. Maria is the first of many girls to be blessed with second chances and new opportunities through The Rescue Project, where a first-class education is valued and restoration is their main goal.