In October, Martha was devastated to learn that she required immediate surgery for a large ovarian tumor. While she works as a housekeeper, she has no insurance and surgery would keep her out of work for two months. A single mother, her mind raced with questions: how would she would pay the bills? Who would take care of her 3-year-old daughter, Nicole, while she recovered?
United Way funding enabled Nicole to stay in the childcare center she was attending after Martha had her surgery. Martha had peace of mind knowing that her daughter would be safe and well cared for, allowing her to focus on her own health and recovery.
The center also connected Martha with community resources to help her through this difficult time. They assisted her with obtaining food for Thanksgiving and gifts for Nicole for the holidays. Without assistance from United Way, Martha and Nicole would have faced this emergency isolated and alone. The effects of the trauma on this young child could have lasted for years.
“Thankfully, the surgery found that the tumor was benign,” the center director reported. “Martha made a full recovery and was able to resume work in January.”