Friday Success Story: Breaking the cycle of poverty

Unemployed and lacking self-confidence, this single mom was experiencing severe depression further complicated by the threat of losing their home and difficulties her children were experiencing in school.

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Friday Success Story: Disabled veteran gets tax help

“Brian,” a disabled military veteran, was already struggling to get by. Then the IRS garnisheed his modest disability payments, leaving him without enough money to support himself.

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Friday Success Story: Partnership with dental school benefits homeless veterans

For years, Robert had been in pain and afraid to smile because of the poor condition of his teeth. Chronic homelessness made it impossible for the 47-year-old Army veteran to obtain dental care.

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Friday Success Story: Starting a Life

At 13, “John” started experimenting with alcohol. He drank frequently throughout high school but managed to keep up his grades. In college, however, his drinking got out of control and he dropped out after one semester.

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Friday Success Story: Restaurant offers opportunity, gains valued employee

Alex has a learning disability and mobility issues. He also has an outgoing personality, a great smile and he wants to work. After high school, that desire led Alex to Sycamore Services, a United Way supported organization that works to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

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Friday Success Story: A second chance

Erikka quickly realized how much her mistakes cost her when no one wanted to hire her after her release from jail. Erikka’s persistence and determination led her to a program focused on improving the long term employment prospects of adults with criminal histories.

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Your gifts, Boubacar’s journey

Imagine being a child with mental challenges and learning you must adjust to living in a new continent, learning a new language, and then moving into adulthood with responsibility for earning a living.

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Global Youth Service Day brings together Central Indiana youth

Central Indiana celebrated Global Youth Service Days on April 12 and 13 with 692 youth volunteers from Central Indiana participating in volunteer service projects.

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Friday Success Story: Rebuilding a life after incarceration

A high school graduate with some college experience, a bad decision earned Rob a conviction on burglary and drug dealing charges when he was nineteen.

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Friday Success Story: Empowering people with disabilities to live independently

Ensuring people have the tools and support needed to achieve financial stability and independence is a priority in United Way’s mission to help people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.

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