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Jereika's Story

In the Quad Cities, 37% of families struggle to pay for their basic needs. Many people live paycheck to paycheck. And all it takes is a single bump in the road to take a family down a rough path.

Jereika is a 24-year-old single mom who found herself without a home.

Jereika moved to the Quad Cities with no place to live. She didn't have a relationship with her mom, and her father was in prison. And she has a 2-year-old daughter to take care of every day. Yet, Jereika has drive and ambition, and want to have a better life.

Your donation to United Way provides resources for Jereika, and others like her who are struggling.

Bethany for Children & Families was able to immediately find Jerieka an apartment, a safe place to live with her daughter.

Bethany's Housing Families NOW, a program funded in part by United Way, provides rapid re-housing and case management services to homeless families in the Quad Cities region. Once a family's basic needs are met, intensive case management services connect them with resources such as finding a job and completing their education. 

Jereika is making the most of this opportunity. She is now studying at Black Hawk College to become an LPN, with plans to become an RN. Her daughter goes to Skip-A-Long Child Development Services, where she is learning the skills needed to get ready for kindergarten.

Bethany is one of United Way's many partners. United, we are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in our community by helping Quad Citizens in need receive adequate food and shelter, as well as the educational tools necessary to be self-sufficient. 

Jereika is just one example of the many people helped through your donations to United Way.

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