Click to watch video of this story

It Looks Like Me: Rafaella's Story

Do you know what your United Way donation looks like?

Invest in Greater Portland

Your contribution to United Way of Greater Portland is an investment in CHANGE. Join us in the fight to give kids a strong start, empower our neighbors to thrive - not just survive, and help us all live longer, better.



Rafaella left home at 15 because her home was unlivable. She jumped from house to house staying with friends. She didn’t have a lot of stability. When she became pregnant, she knew she needed to make a change, but she didn’t have a lot of options until The Opportunity Alliance’s Young Parents Program connected her to Youth & Family Outreach.

She got more support than she could have ever imagined. She acquired new parenting skills, learned how to cook healthy meals through Cooking Matters, and found a support group and “second family” for her to lean on.

“If I wasn’t connected to Youth & Family Outreach I couldn’t be the mom that I am today.”

Today, Rafaella has a full time job and is going to school for business administration. She has peace of mind knowing her daughter is safe and secure while she works to make a life for the both of them.

Do you know what your United Way donation looks like? It looks like security. It looks like giving kids a strong start.

Youth and Family Outreach and The Opportunity Alliance are funded community partners of United Way of Greater Portland working to advance Thrive2027 Goal 1 (Give our kids a strong start) by focusing on family engagement and support. Cooking Matters is a funded program of United Way of Greater Portland’s Brick & Beam Society. These programs provide parents and caregivers with information about how to best support a developing mind and body. Additionally, they ensure individuals have the resources they need to become stable in a way that will provide the best environment for a growing child.



Sign Up, Take Action

Sign up to receive our stories and updates, and learn more about how you can help.