Marcia is a full-time nanny and a permanent resident in the United States from Brazil. Unfortunately, she is the survivor of domestic violence, and her husband is now incarcerated. Marcia found herself struggling with her 3-year-old child and all alone -- her whole family and support network are thousands of miles away in Brazil.
Evicted from their apartment, Marcia and her son moved in with a past employer, but she lost her job due to lack of child care.
Fortunately, her life turned around when Marcia connected with an agency that receives funding from United Way of Western Connecticut as part of its Financial Stability Program. With this agency’s assistance, over the next eight months, she successfully created a financial safety plan, closed all joint accounts with her husband, opened savings and checking accounts at a local credit union, and consolidated credit card debt at the credit union to establish a more manageable debt repayment plan. She also set savings goals by taking advantage of the matched savings opportunity through United Way’s ALICE Saves program.
Marcia was able to obtain new full-time employment as a nanny and enrolled in the Connecticut Care4Kids program for child care subsidies. She was also granted financial assistance for a security deposit, which enabled her to move with her son to a two-bedroom apartment. She has increased her credit score by 120 points and is successfully adhering to her household budget and savings plans. She is also actively engaged with the agency’s counseling and legal departments as she battles for custody and child support.
When you give to United Way, you help to support programs like this—programs that take people whose lives are on the brink of disaster and help them create a plan for a secure future. Thank you for helping Marcia and her son make a new life for themselves after very trying times.