José and Maria are hard working parents of two beautiful boys. They both work as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in home healthcare, with a dream of starting their own business in the field. They struggled with work schedules and family obligations with only one car between them to share. Having a second car would allow Maria to increase her hours and bring in additional income.
By working with one of United Way’s financial stability partners, José and Maria were able to itemize their monthly spending and bills to see where their money was going. By cutting back on expenses and sticking to a monthly budget, they found they had enough at the end of the month to afford the second car.
Their financial coach also gave them information about business start-up workshops from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) in English and Spanish, to get sound advice to make their dream a reality. Now José and Maria are on track to finance the start of their own new business. Thanks to the community’s investment in United Way’s financial stability work, we are empowering hard-working families to reach their goals.