Tommy and Gina thought they were doing ok. Tommy worked for a shipping company, and Gina was a waitress. They’d saved up enough to move into a small home in Glen Burnie, and were looking forward to their first Christmas with their baby son.
But then Tommy’s company moved out of state, and he and Gina couldn’t afford to relocate.
They scraped by while Tommy looked for another job, cutting expenses where they could, even skipping meals. But soon, they couldn’t keep up with the bills. Only weeks before the holidays, they were evicted from their new home—and all their belongings were put out on the curb.
This happened last year—before COVID hit. Now, an estimated 214,000 Marylanders are on the brink of homelessness.
In a year that’s been incredibly challenging for us all, the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on those living paycheck to paycheck, with no safety net or savings to cover the unexpected.
Fortunately, a friend of Gina’s told her that United Way could help. She was connected to our housing program, which prevents homelessness and rapidly rehouses those who have been evicted.
Today, Tommy and Gina and their son are in a new apartment, grateful to have a home for the holidays again this year.
It’s been a tough year. But if you’re able to give, won’t you give a family a home for the holidays? All donations stay right here in Central Maryland, helping local families.
Now, more than ever, the people we help need your help. Please consider a gift today.