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Recent Financial Stability Outcomes

These success stories and statistics are the results of our community's generous giving, advocation and support. 

One story  ̶  Jeff had been living a stable adult life since his Vietnam military service. When his mom's health began failing, he lost his job because of the amount of time he needed to invest in her care. As medical bills poured in, he did everything he could to pay them, losing his home in the process. After she died, he lived from his motorcycle as long as he could before turning to a United Way Partner Agency, not wanting others to know how rough his life had become. Thanks to services that helped him with a place to live and employment, he is self-sufficient again and has recently been promoted to a management position where he works.

Big Picture Statistics:

  • 884 men, women, and children received 32,581 nights of emergency shelter.

  • 234 low-income or elderly people were represented at no cost for non-criminal court cases. 

  • More than 1,000 people received assistance with civil legal problems. 

  • 154 previously homeless households (258 people) lived in transitional, permanent, or supportive housing.

  • 1,340 people received $1,027,889 in tax refunds through free tax preparation.

  • 776 children from low-income families received school supplies. 

  • $202,065 was saved on prescription medication by area residents with a prescription discount card. 

  • 19 immigrants became U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents. 

  • 139 people filed proper documentation to successfully maintain legal status or attain citizenship. 

  • Earned Income Tax Credits were filed for 23 people through free tax preparation, resulting in $84,093 in returned refunds. 

  • More than 700 people provided Christmas to 1,027 families and individuals in need.

  • More than 160 volunteers guided decisions for $3.0 million distributed in our community.

  • More than 10,800 referrals were made to people seeking needed service resources. 

  • 27 scholarships were awarded to early care educators pursuing higher education. 

  • 18 adults who were assisted with employment preparation were hired for paid work. 

  • 33 high school students with disabilities received summer work experience.