“I think of that old saying a lot: When you hit the bottom, at least the only way you can go is up. My life has been like that lately. I was in an automobile accident and couldn’t work due to a back injury. Then, I fell behind on rent and got an eviction notice. If it hadn’t been for Housing Opportunities, I don’t know where we would be. They found us an apartment and provided a lot of other services – food from the pantry there, clothes and toys for Isabella, and help with transportation.
They also provided some support and counseling to help me get on track. When you get handouts, you can feel bad about yourself, but they gave me hope. When you have hope, you can keep going.”
United Way helps Jayson’s family and others by funding financial stability programs at Partner Agencies like Transitional Housing for the Homeless at Housing Opportunities.
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. Jayson's story is just one example of how the United Way of Porter County is helping families become financially stable.