Karen's Story

Karen beams when she discusses how she found her job. After being a stay-at-home mom for years with her special-needs daughter, Karen finally separated from her verbally-abusive husband. She had to get a job to pay the bills that were accumulating, but was concerned about her daughter who, on top of epilepsy and developmental delays, had just had heart surgery. Calling United Way’s 24-Hour 2-1-1 Helpline, Karen was directed to a program where she received job counseling and interview suiting. 

Karen found the perfect job after a series of interviews and now volunteers with the same program that helped her re-enter the workforce. Her job allows her to afford tuition for a special school for her daughter. Karen continues to give back, helping out at annual clothing sales to support the program, while mentoring other women. Without your support of United Way, none of this would have been possible. 

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