Maggie Cangar started her life on the streets. She was abused as a child and was constantly shuffled from one foster home to another.
"Because of that, which caused me to get into a lot of trouble — nothing major, but just fighting and a lot of anger and a lot of resentment — and that's how I can relate to these kids," Cangar said.
Three years ago, Cangar founded Saving Our Daughters — a program that is designed to send a message to people on the wrong path.
"But this is not the life you have to choose to live — you can do better, you can go out there and get an education and do something with your life," Cangar said.
Doing something includes matching mentors with troubled teens to help get them off the streets.
Saving Our Daughters partnered with Project Bridge last summer. Project Bridge provides transitional services to boys and girls ages 11 to 21. Saving Our Daughters mentors offer guidance to help ease the transition.
But what changed Cangar's life? She credits her faith, a caring mentor who later became a program manager for Project Bridge and becoming a mom.
"When she was born, I just didn’t want her to go through what I went through," Cangar said, as she wiped away some tears.
Her past is both a source of pain and strength.
"That time that I was in foster care, the time when I didn't know if I was going to get rescued from a situation or not. ... I do look back at that time and be like, wow, I can relate to these kids and if it wasn't for that time, I wouldn't be who I am today," she said.