Nikki began her fostering journey through a kinship placement, when her two grandsons were unexpectedly placed in her care. One day she was a mom of a high school senior, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel to being an "empty nester," and the next day she became a full time grandma to a then 7-year-old and 2.5-year-old. She first learned about Austin Angels through her CPS case worker. She was admittedly a little skeptical about the Love Box Program, unsure of who she would meet and how they would be able to help, but once Nikki was matched with her Love Box Leader Jodie and her boyfriend, they became a huge support system for the family and ultimately played a very positive role in their lives.
Nikki describes Austin Angels and the Love Box program as a "godsend" for her and the boys. Nikki says, "Going through such a difficult time with readjusting, working full-time, and parenting a soon-to-be college freshman, Austin Angels helped me feel appreciated for what I was doing (because as I came to find out, not all grandparents accept this tremendous responsibility of kinship care––an unimaginable thought to me). Austin Angels helped me know I am not alone and that there are many others in the same situation."