Two years ago, Stephanie, a single parent, found herself in an unimaginable situation. Despite having a full time job Stephanie couldn’t afford rent in Washington County, and she and her six year old daughter, Teja, became homeless.
But thanks to donors, Stephanie and Teja were able to move into a family shelter, and later an apartment, through Community Action, a United Way partner. Donor support also helped Stephanie connect with a housing advocate who provided her with resources for food boxes, school supplies and so much more.
Thanks to being stably housed, Teja is now able to receive the care and attention she needs for her dyslexia and is exceling in school. Today, not only does Stephanie have a place to call home with her family but she is able to give her daughter what she needs to learn, grow and be healthy.
Success stories like Stephanie’s show how safety net programs continue to play a role in transforming our communities into places everyone can call home.