When Sandra and Mike lost their jobs, they could no longer provide for their children. Thanks to your support, they were able to secure housing for their family. They received resume-writing assistance, clothing for interviews, financial education and more. Sandra and Mike are working again and saving for a home. "We got our dignity back," Sandra says.
Seeking refuge in makeshift cardboard boxes, and trying to sleep in a shack on the street, living conditions once unfathomable, became a dark reality for Abel until he found Stepping Stones Place, a Phoenix permanent supportive housing development, operated by Native American Connections.
Parents understand how restoring our surroundings can help bring a fresh perspective for tackling challenges and opportunities. The sense of accomplishment gained from tidying up closets, garages or flowerbeds builds confidence for uncluttering other areas of our lives – like spending.
Nine years ago, I came from Malaysia to Arizona so I could one day give my children a quality education and a better life. I now have 5-year old twins, Keison and Keiserinne, and I want to make sure they have more educational advantages than I did. That’s why I introduced reading and writing to them early. Thankfully, I found a gem in United Way’s School Readiness Kit.
During the recent Arizona StandDown, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton celebrated an incredible accomplishment – Phoenix is the first city in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans. This is a huge step forward as a community. We applaud his dedication to this important work and know it’s the first step toward a larger goal.
That’s why Valley of the Sun United Way, the City of Phoenix and nearly 30 other organizations have come together with the goal of ending chronic homelessness in the Valley by Jan. 1, 2016.
Lawrence never imagined he would experience homelessness. He never thought he would one day tell stories of how for two years he would make do in a park, with the grass as his bed and paperback books to pass the time.
Especially when it comes to finances, it’s important to plan ahead. While sometimes overwhelming, a few simple strategies can help you quickly improve your financial stability and regain control of your future.