Only by the power of God and the blood of Christ.

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Chicago native Jacqueline Kennedy-Harris (pictured center) walked out of prison in 1992 and vowed it would be her last stint behind bars. She was homeless and a former crack addict, but was determined to leave the demons that dragged her into that lifestyle behind.

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From then on, she began thinking of ways to help others in her condition. In 2001, those thoughts became a reality when she used her savings to open the first of three shelters in Chicago for 125 men, women and children.

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Kennedy now oversees a staff of 12 paid employees and balances a $700,000 budget, an effort she hopes rubs off on others.

“People need to see an example,” she told the Chicago Tribune. ”Other people need someone: that mother they didn’t have, that father they didn’t have…

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