ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — It was a mentorship that started when Jerriesha Bostic was in high school. It is now a friendship nine-years strong.
"I've never met or mentored anyone like Jerriesha," said Kim Plank. “I consider her almost one of my own children.”
Plank has always hoped for Bostic to succeed.
“I've seen her overcome more than I've seen anybody overcome in my whole life and do it with a smile on her face and always a spirit of gratitude,” Plank said.
Every day, Bostic gets up at 5 a.m. to get her two young boys on a bus in North St. Louis City and drop them off at daycare and school.
“My whole life revolves around my boys,” Bostic said.
She then takes two more buses to south St. Louis County. It takes her two hours to get to her job at a fast food restaurant. But Bostic has dreams to improve her life.
“I'm trying to be an R.N., that's my goal,” Bostic said.
Bostic got accepted into school, but with no car, she has no way to get her boys to daycare and still get to work and school. Plank is trying to help. She started a GoFundMe page to help buy a car.
“Every dollar counts and I just appreciate everyone donating,” Bostic said.
One day, when Bostic is able, she said she will find a way to give back.
“It means a lot to me and my boys,” she said.
“I think we have to figure out a way to help each other and love each other out of these kinds of situations. Everybody deserves a chance,” Plank said.