Category: Stories

Meet Apolonia

2020-01-13T16:52:01-04:00 January 13th, 2020|

Starting from scratch was daunting but necessary for Apolonia. With two young children in a new country, the stakes were that much higher. That’s where our United Way Center for Financial Stability came in.

Meet Dearrie

2020-02-21T11:41:16-04:00 November 6th, 2019|

Dearrie joined the military in 2001. And after serving for 12 years, every day as a civilian was difficult for her – and still is. She struggled juggling her five children, pursuing a nursing degree and making ends meet – until she learned about our United Way.

Meet Kimika and Theresa

2019-09-20T12:00:25-04:00 September 17th, 2019|

National accreditation programs offered by United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education equip early childhood professionals with the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality early care and education. For teachers like Kimika and Theresa, the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ was a unique opportunity to open the door to a field they had long admired.

Meet Marcella

2020-02-21T11:41:49-04:00 August 8th, 2019|

It is easy to see the joy in Lila’s eyes. “She is my little piece of sunshine,” Marcella will say to anyone who meets them. But life has not always been easy for Marcella and her daughter Lila.

Meet Alexis

2019-07-03T10:12:13-04:00 July 3rd, 2019|

Alexis served active duty in the United States Army Reserve for four years before he was transferred to a reserve unit in South Florida. Facing possible eviction from his home, he was referred to United Way Mission United. They helped him with the free services he needed to feel empowered and change his financial status to turn his life around.

Meet Filiberto

2020-02-21T11:42:24-04:00 June 5th, 2019|

Filiberto has had a couple of unfortunate surprises. With the passing of time, life has gotten just a little more difficult for him. When he stepped in to help raise his grandchildren, he quickly realized that he started to need some support of his own. Thanks to United Way and United HomeCare, he is able to stay at home with his family while getting the assistance he needs to live his best life.

Meet Sandrell and Rachel

2019-05-01T10:15:26-04:00 May 1st, 2019|

Sandrell, a single mother, enrolled her daughter Rachel at a young age in one of United Way’s partner agencies, the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. Rachel’s involvement has helped her prepare for the real world — even before she was able to understand what the real world was.

Inspire305’s 2018 Grand Innovator grant winner takes Miami by storm

2019-04-16T09:09:20-04:00 April 2nd, 2019|

Code/Art, the winner of Inspire305’s first Grand Innovator award grant, is continuing to inspire girls to code. The Miami-based nonprofit is on a mission to increase the number of girls studying computer science by motivating them with the creative possibilities of computer programming.

Meet Karie and her family

2019-03-18T09:55:35-04:00 February 4th, 2019|

Karie, her husband and their five children have encountered many struggles along the way. But thanks to some of our programs, like the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Karie and her husband Jason are staying positive as they welcome their new baby.

Meet Derek

2020-02-21T11:43:56-04:00 October 31st, 2018|

Finances are just one of the many struggles veterans face upon their return to civilian life. Discover how Derek overcame his challenges with the help of United Way Mission United, a program dedicated to serving veterans and their families.