It was a sunny day in September of 2009 when Kylie Jenkins was visiting her family in her small New Jersey town.
She and her family were just a few miles away from the city of Atlantic City, home of the world’s largest casino, Atlantic City World Resort & Casino.
They were at the grand opening of the casino’s new casino, The Star.
“We had a blast,” she recalls.
But the day wasn’t all sunshine and roses.
It was one of the worst days of her life.
“My sister, her boyfriend, and their friends were on the roof, the casino was open, and they were just hanging out and drinking.
It’s hard to explain.
I mean, they just were drinking,” she says.
The two women had been drinking at a nearby restaurant with other friends, when a gunman shot and killed one of them.
A third victim, a woman, was killed at the scene.
“They were on top of each other, they were on each other.
And he just shot her.
And I mean just shot him,” Kylie recalls.
She says the two women were still conscious when she woke up the next morning, but she was terrified.
“I had to go downstairs and get my mom and my brother.
I couldn’t get them up in my room.
I just couldn’t do it,” she said.
As her family watched on, Kylie’s family, including her two sisters, were unable to move out of the house because the family could not afford the $2,000 rent.
“It’s not like they’re going to take a vacation, but they have no idea.
They don’t have a clue,” she added.
She had no idea how to rebuild the home.
“When I look back at that night, I’m like, ‘What the hell was I thinking?'”
She says her sister and boyfriend were left to fend for themselves, but her father was there to help her.
“He was there.
He was there for me, but it was not enough,” she recalled.
Her father helped rebuild the house.
And the house itself was rebuilt with the help of a private foundation that he created for her and her siblings.
“So now I have a house.
I have money,” she adds.
“But I have no money.”
As the foundation grew, so did KylieJenkins dreams of building a house of Cries and Whispers.
She was in her 20s at the time, and she had a family of four children.
“As we grew up, it became really important to me that I was the first and only child,” she remembers.
“And I started going to school for art and music, and art school and music school, and it became very important to be the only child.
And so I did that.”
She then worked at a construction company, eventually earning a degree in mechanical engineering.
But it wasn’t until Kylie and her mother moved to a more traditional lifestyle, where she was a stay-at-home mom, that Kylie started to realize she could pursue a career in architecture.
She started her own architectural firm, and after working for many years, she decided it was time to move on.
“You know, you start to think, well, what’s the point of having a career if you’re not building a home?” she says she pondered.
“Well, what if I just got bored of building houses?”
The new career, however, did not go according to plan.
She ended up getting laid off, and in 2014, she found herself in a similar situation.
“Every day, I would see the house and I would think, ‘Well, I have nothing left.’
And then I would look out the window and I’d think, oh my God, what the hell is going on in this house?” she recalls thinking.
She eventually found herself on the phone with her landlord.
“She said, ‘I think I’ve got to give you a raise,'” she recalled, “and she said, you know, ‘We have a lot of money and we’re going down the same road.'”
So, after nearly two years of losing everything, Kyli Jenkins was left with nothing.
She bought a house in the same town, but in this case, she had already bought out her former landlord.
But, the new owner was still very upset with her.
Kylie eventually moved out of her former apartment, and moved into a new one.
She has since started rebuilding her house with the money she made as an architect.
“Now I’m a builder,” she told ABC News, “but I am still a stay at home mom, so I have to build a house.”
Kylie Jenkins and her partner, Jason C. Johnson, built their own house in a small town near the coast of Massachusetts.
It is the story of a home that never needed rebuilding, built for a woman who never needed