Ericka Jackson and Jessie Bonnett have fostered more than 12 children since they became Mentors and opened their home in 2010. Referred to as Momma E and Momma J, Ericka and Jessie are well-equipped for the many diverse challenges they encounter. Jessie is a certified nursing assistant and Ericka is a stay-at-home mom who worked for many years in medical administration. Together, they share their expertise, love and attention with every child in their care.
They are known for going the extra mile. When children need a home in an emergency situation, they never say no. Ericka and Jessie do whatever is necessary to ease the stress on the children being moved from one home to another.
Watch Ericka and Jessie accept their 2012 Ripple of Hope Award and be honored alongside their fellow winners in St. Paul at the Minnesota History Center.