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How an Austin woman used her time in foster care to inspire a shelter

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Stacy Johnson, founder and CEO of Central Texas Table of Grace, spends time with a resident. Andy Sharp for American-Statesman

Stacy Johnson is uniquely positioned to offer support to the children who walk through the doors of emergency shelter Central Texas Table of Grace because she, too, grew up in foster care, entering the system at age 2 and staying in it until she opted to emancipate and be legally recognized as an adult at age 16. After jobs in both the finance and automotive industries, she decided to heed her lifelong dream of running an emergency shelter for fellow foster children, weathering ups and downs to build Central Texas Table of Grace from the ground up.

Find out how Johnson built her life and then a shelter to help kids in a story on our premium website,