Life can be beyond your control before you have a chance to know any different. Yolanda grew up with parents and other family members who were addicted to drugs and alcohol, and she in turn picked up the same addictions. She never really knew there was another way to live.
After 25 years of on-again, off-again drug abuse, prostitution and homelessness, Yolanda was tired of existing. When life gets to be too much, we all need people who tell us another story is possible.
A Source of Hope
With the help of a friend, Yolanda entered a treatment program where she achieved sobriety—something she fights to preserve each day. After she was discharged, Yolanda lived in a shelter for 18 months while waiting for more permanent housing. Finally, she got the call that an apartment was available. A few weeks later, Yolanda was able to move into the building, gaining a support system and her first real home in more than 20 years.
Yolanda now has a life where she is at peace and has new opportunities. She recently started attending classes to become a medical assistant. "My life is completely different now," shared Yolanda. "I want to live today."
United Way helps fight for the dignity and strength of people like Yolanda—people who have never been told there’s more to life for them. Our work is entirely made possible by donors and supporters like you. Together, we can empower our neighbors and strengthen our communities.