Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Together, we packed up the few belongings we had and traveled cross-country, arriving in Toledo on New Year’s Eve, ready for a fresh start. Step 1: look for jobs. Step 2: call United Way 2-1-1. In fact, that’s how we found La Posada Family Emergency Shelter...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
This job is not an easy one, but it is rewarding beyond measure. It is an honor to be invited into the lives of survivors, during their most vulnerable and difficult times. It is an honor to share their stories with you today.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The tax preparer made one last calculation on his computer and turned the monitor to face me. My stomach immediately dropped. After their tax preparation “fees”, I would receive a refund check about half the previous amount.
Monday, December 10, 2018
I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home. Yet, when Michael, my husband of 30 years passed away, that dream felt shattered. Michael and I had spent countless hours talking about the day we would buy our very first home together and now, that day would never come...
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
“How do you tell two toddlers Daddy’s home because he lost his job, Mommy’s gone because she had to get a part-time, seasonal job to help make ends meet, and there may be no money for Christmas presents this year…”
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Growing up, I frequently helped out at my hometown’s community pantry. Every experience there allowed me to build new perspectives. Years later however, I had let this part of me slip away. I knew it was time to recommit as a volunteer, but how could I get involved?
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
When we first started living together, before the engagement, we’d have disagreements here and there, but it never escalated further than that. Not long after I said “yes”, his verbal outbursts would lead to a slap or hit.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
“If I can do it, you can do it.” Mary silently thought as she looked at Savannah’s face filled with worry. She knew she could do this, because beyond the worry, she also saw a small and growing spark of desire—to beat addiction and find her own purpose.
Monday, June 4, 2018
With the baby in her arms, she ran to the neighbors across the street. By the time they made the 9-1-1 call, their entire home was up in flames. Even standing 50 yards away, the blaze was scorching.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Working more than 40 hours a week should provide you with the great life you’ve always wanted, right? That’s not the case for Ken and his wife...
Monday, April 30, 2018
What’s a mother to do when she discovers her young daughter is being abused by her grandfather, whom they also live with? Sometimes, being homeless is better than the alternative...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Brianne’s head was filled with thoughts like: “I have nowhere to live. I can’t afford healthy food for my children. I can’t keep a job because I don’t have a car…” Yet, the only words she could articulate were: “I just want my kids to have a good life.”
Monday, April 16, 2018
Elaine’s husband came home from work in a rage, as he usually does. He often physically lashes out, but this time, he didn’t just strike her once or twice… in all honesty, Elaine couldn’t really remember how many times he hit her.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Anton had been in and out of homeless shelters, struggling to cope with his mental illness. He seemed determined to deal with it alone. If only his caseworker at St. Paul’s could convince him to get help...
Monday, April 2, 2018
In the past, Yvonne had called United Way 2-1-1 for food pantries and other assistance, but never for anything this drastic . Could 2-1-1 help her family with nowhere else to turn?
Monday, March 26, 2018
Cecilia couldn’t fully understand what the nurses were saying. Why weren’t they letting Ramon see his doctor? As she walked out of her son’s doctor’s office, she could no longer hold back the tears...
Monday, March 19, 2018
Barrier after barrier, Kirstin fought for her financial independence with the support of Financial Opportunity Centers.