Laurie has dedicated her life to helping at-risk youth as a social worker in the community and she is passionate about helping those in need. She never imagined that the tables would one day turn, and she would end up being the one in need.
Earlier this year, Laurie’s husband got sick and lost his job. Suddenly, she became the single provider for their young family and her single income could not cover the cost of their monthly basic needs like food, childcare and utilities. “I make $12 per week too much to qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch and I don’t qualify for any childcare subsidies,” Laurie says, “I never imagined that I would need help.”
She also started missing credit card payments and mortgage payments which put her family at risk of losing their home. Laurie knew that to help her family, she would have to take the first step towards getting back on track to becoming financially stable.
Through United Way’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), Laurie received one-on-one financial budget coaching that educated her on ways to save and make the most of her income, to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck. Through the FOC and one-on-one budget coaching, Laurie was provided with an opportunity to set a realistic household budget, repair her credit and begin saving for emergencies to sustain her family.