Financial Stability

Financial Stability

Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Fewer financial stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes. United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. United Way’s work in Financial Stability is focused on ensuring all families and individuals achieve independence.

In 2018-19 United Way will invest in over 50 financial stability programs, including community-wide initiatives.

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 Our Goals

Increase the number of adults & families who:

  • Are able to meet their basic needs of food and shelter
  • Gain educational and/or training skills to secure and maintain employment that offers a family sustaining wage
  • Have access to high quality, free or low cost legal services
  • Save for and build assets like a home or postsecondary education
 Investment Areas
  • Adult Learning
  • Emergency Shelter: Adults & Families
  • Financial Capability
  • Food Security
  • Housing and Home Ownership
  • Legal Aid
  • Older Adult Support and Independence: financial stability
  • Reducing Barriers to Employment
  • Transportation
 Current Impact

Of those who utilized United Way-funded adult learning programs:

  • 95% learned the basics of a checking/savings account
  • 79% put money in a checking/savings account
  • 98% made progress towards their academic goals
  • 90% improved their computer skills
  • 100% had a greater belief in themselves
  • 98% learned problem solving skills

Of those that utilized United Way-funded emergency shelters:

  • 87% felt their housing would improve after leaving the shelter
  • 90% set personal goals towards self-improvement
  • 85% made progress towards their goals
  • 93% felt their basic needs were met

Of those that participated in United Way-funded emergency food pantries:

  • 93% had a better understanding of healthy eating habits
  • 86% were offered resources about healthy eating habits
  • 73% were able to use their money towards other areas of their budget
  • 82% felt their 3-5 day emergency food needs were met

Of those that participated in United Way-funded access to affordable and healthy food programs:

  • 90% saved money on their grocery bills
  • 99% said that the location was convenient
  • 48% increased their consumption of healthy foods

Of those that participated in United Way-funded housing and homeownership programs:

  • 99% will be better able to handle similar situations it he future because of what they learned
  • 90% avoided foreclosure, eviction or homelessness
  • 91% were able to maintain or secure safe and affordable housing

Of those that participated in United Way-funded immigration and refugee services programs:

  • 97% received assistance or resources for legal help
  • 97% understood their legal status
  • 96% understood their employment eligibility
  • 90% knew when they would qualify for permanent residency or citizenship
  • 98% felt staff were respectful of their culture
  • 96% understood what to expect next

Of those that participated in United Way-funded older adult support and independence programs:

  • 87% understood their rights
  • 91% physical health concerns were addressed
  • 87% felt safer and more secure
  • 89% were more physically active
  • 87% were better able to cope with stress
  • 79% attended social activities
  • 86% socialized and made friends
  • 90% felt they had a voice in making their own choice
  • 91% expressed their needs
  • 88% could solve their own problems

Of the caregivers that participated in United Way-funded older adult support and independence programs:

  • 100% felt supported, which helped them as caregivers
  • 95% were able to continue to work/seek employment
  • 99% received help in accessing the services they needed to better care for the individual
  • 99% were able to make plans for the individual’s future

Of those that participated in United Way-funded reducing barriers to employment programs:

  • 88% achieved/gained job-specific credentials (certificate, license, etc…)
  • 90% improved their computer skills
  • 94% improved their job interviewing skills
  • 92% improved their resume writing skills

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