Keep the stories alive: Pass it on Part 3



Ciara’s story spread quickly. Last spring, she graduated high school as valedictorian of her senior class. She was accepted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has begun her freshman year.

Ciara Stubblefield never knew her birth father. Her mother was 16 years old when she moved to Tennessee where Ciara was born. She was strong, independent minded and determined to care for Ciara and her younger sister.


“My sister and I felt loved,” she remembers. “I know my mom made bad choices, but it was the drug addiction that destroyed her and our family.”


Their mother overdosed and died on July 3, 2013. In November, the girls came to Mills Home.