BROCKTON – The grand opening of LA Cleaning Services in Brockton on Monday will mark the culmination of a lifelong journey for 26-year-old Lindsey Anthony.
When she was just 8 years old, Anthony began drawing up plans for launching her dream business: she was going to be the first in her family to go to college, the first to own her own business, the first to be an independent success story.
But then life got in the way.
Taken away from her mother and separated from her siblings after a violent domestic incident, Anthony spent her school years in and out of 17 foster homes and group placements. At age 16, she dropped out of high school to work, in an effort to supplement her single-mother’s income. Anthony desperately wanted to keep her three younger siblings -- two brothers and a sister -- from following the same path of temporary homes and constant uncertainty.
But even with Anthony’s income and her mother working three jobs, they could not afford their apartment. So, just two years ago, the family began living in a van and eating discarded bread from the dumpsters of Dunkin Donuts’ around the city.
“My mom and I would take turns staying awake at night while the younger ones slept,” said Anthony. “We didn’t want to get in trouble, but we didn’t know where to go for help.”