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Beating the odds: Medford mother who struggled with past drug addictions becomes new homeowner

For 22 years, Jill Hinojosa struggled with an addiction to drugs, but for the past five years Jill has been sober and on September 23, became a new homeowner in Medford.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 9:59 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2021 4:42 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- For Jill Hinojosa,  September 23 couldn't come any faster

"I was like is this is like a dream, like, is this really happening," she said.

As the seven-year Medford resident got ready to move into her new home after years of struggle

"The road has been pretty difficult," Jill said.

Her initial journey in the city of Medford was filled with challenges, filled with an internal battle of an addiction with drugs.

"I struggled with alcoholism, meth, prescription drugs, and heroin," she said.

Dating back 22 years into the past when she lived in Southern Ohio and Southern California.

"I was addicted to drugs all the way from my teenage years until I was 35 years old," she said.

When NewsWatch 12 asked Jill about what those moments were like—Jill almost at a loss of words. In that conversation she said that those years were incredibly challenging for her. Every day that she battled against her addiction brought a new pain.

"Time and time again, it was just being broken and living on the streets and having nothing," Jill said. "You know, experiencing the heartache and the pain."

And were some of the lowest points of her life.

"Not only the heartache and pain of what I was walking through, but the heartache and pain of what my children were witnessing."

Jill says that moment of realization, became a turning point to getting her life and her family back on track

"It just became enough for me to want to make a difference for not only myself, but for them."

But as Jill and her familiy's life started to get better—new challenges arose.

"As a single mom with only one income, you know, and there's times where we've had to go without some things that we wanted," Jill said.

For four years, Jill had to pay an $1100 in rent for a tiny little three bedroom apartment with barely enough room to squeeze a couple people. All in an effort to keep a roof over her kid's heads. Jill telling NewsWatch 12 that for a time, she would have to sleep on the couch so her children could have their own rooms. It was only after awhile, that her son offered up his room to his mother.

Over the next several months Jill constantly looked for a new place to live in, but at every turn a new hurdle presented itself.

"I was denied on all the applications i submitted," she said. "Because i made just a little bit too much money, but not enough."

Finally in March of 2019, after applying for a home through Habitat For Humanity, her hard work and dedication to rebuilding her life for her family paid off.

"I was actually mentoring a group of ladies through program  and they came in and surprised me in front of this whole group," she said.

Now after two years of waiting and more than 500 hours and blood sweat and tears put into her new home, along with several other volunteers and workers from Habitat for Humanity, Jill and her family have moved into their new home.

"I think that's important for others to know that it is possible to live that life of addiction and overcome from that life," Jill said.

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