The Columbus couple was struggling to make their ends meet.
Curtis and Renae worked low paying jobs they didn’t enjoy so to support their children.
They took a job preparedness class through Bartholomew County Works and received the job training they needed to find jobs they love with higher wages.
BCW is a program provided by Lincoln Central Neighborhood Center, a United Way partner agency, which works with individuals and families break the cycle of poverty in hopes they will become economically self-sufficient by addressing barriers preventing financial success.
Being economically self-sufficient means individuals can provide for themselves and their families with no outside assistance.
Through Bartholomew County Works, Curtis began working a job that paid $3 more hourly. Renae loves her job so much, she often volunteers for extra shifts. Now the couple are financially stable enough to look for a home of their own.
The United Way of Bartholomew County helps support multiple programs that help county residents break the cycle of poverty.
Over the past three years, the VITA/AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance programs have served thousands of people in Bartholomew County and saved taxpayers more than $200,000 in fees.
We process hundreds of tax returns each year for free, saving residents money on fees and processing refunds that allow them to pour more money back into the community and gives them more budget items that allow them to plan for the future.
We also provide resources to partner agencies that allow them to run programs which lead to increased wages, job training and budgeting tactics.
*Note: Curtis and Renae’s names were changed.