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‘Git it Girl’ is back in Memphis

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Jackie Phillips announced back in July that she would leave Memphis for her mother's home in North Carolina. Jackie Phillips announced back in July that she would leave Memphis for her mother's home in North Carolina.
Members at New Life Holiness Church of God in Christ called Jackie's transformation a blessing. Members at New Life Holiness Church of God in Christ called Jackie's transformation a blessing.
Two months, later members aren't quite sure what to think now that Jackie has left North Carolina and returned to the Memphis streets. Two months, later members aren't quite sure what to think now that Jackie has left North Carolina and returned to the Memphis streets.
Pastor Fredrick Smith said Jackie stayed sober for more than 30 days. Pastor Fredrick Smith said Jackie stayed sober for more than 30 days.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – When Jackie Phillips announced back in July that she would leave Memphis for her mother's home in North Carolina, members at New Life Holiness Church of God in Christ called Jackie's transformation a blessing.

"There was a church that embraced me, allowed me to come," said Phillips.

But two months, later members aren't quite sure what to think now that Jackie has left North Carolina and returned to the streets of Memphis.

Pastor Fredrick Smith did not go into details about what happened, but he said Jackie stayed sober for more than 30 days.  He then started getting reports that Jackie got back into some old habits.

"Ah we sent Jackie to ah North Carolina to be with her family and that didn't work out," said Smith.  "The thing is Jackie has a lot of other hidden hurt that causes her to choose to drink so that she doesn't have to deal with the hurt and pain that she has experienced in life," he added.

Back in July, Jackie credited Pastor Smith and his congregation with trying to help her even when she got rude and insulting.

Now they're hoping Jackie will allow them to help once again.

Church members say no matter how long it takes, they're in this with Jackie for the long haul and whether it takes one year or 100 years  they are going to continue to try to help her get help.

We went to Jackie's usual corner at Winchester and Riverdale but didn't see her.

Church members say they are praying for Jackie.   Doctors have diagnosed an inflamed liver problem, and say she needs to get off the streets.

"And if Jackie continues to drink she is going to kill herself so I mean anyone that chooses to buy her alcohol or give here any substance like that is helping her kill herself," said Smith.

Pastor Smith says when they see Jackie they will try to get her into a rehab program.

Anyone who wants to help the church help Jackie can contact them at (901) 761-0558.

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