Rhonda was born into a low-income family in Toledo, Ohio. Rhonda s mother was physically and verbally abusive, at one point throwing Rhonda out in the streets with nothing to her name. Eventually, Rhonda s mother abandoned her altogether. Rhonda became pregnant at 17 and had her first child at 18. She had no money and little help for a way out. She was determined to forge ahead and make good lives for herself and her children. Later a couple gained Rhonda s trust by telling her they would help her get on her feet. Little did she know, they were only out to steal her baby boy from her. Nothing came easily and many of Rhonda s efforts were thwarted by others or never given a fighting change. Still, Rhonda s faith in God and determination saw her through.