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.
As a classroom mentor for junior high students with Valley of the Sun United Way’s Destination Graduation program, I learned as much as I taught. One common theme among the students is they all want to be taken more seriously by adults. From experience, here are my favorite tips for succeeding in life.