KENAI — Growing up, Jewel Meader had more on her mind than most 12 year olds.
Who’s making the money?
Who’s paying the bills?
Where am I going to sleep tonight?
Those were common questions, she said.
She had just moved back with her mom in Nikiski and was taking classes at the area school. But life at home was anything but healthy, she said.
“My mom tried to help me when she could,” Meader said, but her family argued, and her mother had “complications,” she said.
Her mother often had no job. They had no car, no truck, no money.