2018 Community Stories

2018 Community Stories


(Michaella) I mean I was totally torn apart,
struggling all the time. When Together Inc. came into my life,
somebody believed in me. (Narrator)Helping her end a 10-year cycle of on-and-off homelessness with positive moves toward the happy home she’s always wanted for her children. (Michaella) In my old apartment. I didn’t have any furniture. When I first moved in I didn’t have toilet paper, towels… (Mike) It really is about hope. When somebody comes in here and they’re picking out their things tomorrow’s gonna be better. (Narrator) Everything is so much better, Together connected Michaella with United Way partners for career readiness skills that mean stability. (Mike) A lot of us have really taken a fresh innovative approach and said, how do we Use the data and the information to ensure that the programs and the services were offering are having a positive impact United Way plays a critical role. (Michaella) I see a bright future It feels like I’ve accomplished goals that I’ve always wanted to do. (Narrator) The Latino Center of the Midlands reaches out to young people at a critical time they’re missing school, lacking motivation and not thinking past graduation day. Felipe used to be one of those students. In the Pathways program, he discovered college was more than a dream. (Felipe) When I come back to those memories, that makes me happy. This program can change your life. Having this opportunity I decided to work hard all the time, at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. I work hard! (Narrator) A team of four advocates goes to a number of local schools every day. They work with more than 130 students. (Mahatma) Shows these young men and young women that you know there are people that are willing to give you a chance, you know that you’re not a bad kid, that you’re not a failure that you are good enough. (Aracely) Back, then I wasn’t caring about school. I didn’t care about my grades and now I’m like motivated to come, I don’t want to be who I was back then. It’s good for me because, at home I’m gonna be the first to graduate and go to college. (John) I get about 4:30 in the morning I come in here about 5:30, do all the dishes in the morning I didn’t work for anybody since 1979. (Narrator) John showed up at the Stephen Center after getting out of jail. He’d been homeless many times before (John) Alcohol, drugs, gambling, crime. (Narrator) It all changed here, John’s work ethic led to a job and for the first time in his life United Way partnerships connected him to affordable housing, a doctor and mental health care. (John) Here they said maybe you should go see a therapist, this therapist he really helped me change my whole thinking. I would have never done that if it wasn’t for the Stephen Center. To have a doctor I see, keeps my leg from swelling up, gets my medication, which I didn’t have none of that before. I’m very happy today, and I never used to be a very happy person. (Michaela) I’m going uphill achieving goals after goals after goals. (Mike) They’re our neighbors and our friends and our neighbors and friends need need our help to make Omaha one of the best places in the country to to live. (Narrator) The door to success opens wider everyday, Thanks to you. Families are finding their own strength. Thanks to you. You are United Way.

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