After moving to Miami with his wife in 2019, Kyle, an Air Force veteran, connected with our United Way’s Mission United for help preparing his taxes. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyle and his growing family faced hardships no one saw coming. They were struggling to build the life of their dreams—but our Miami Pandemic Response Fund was able to help.
Mission United recently partnered with the United Way Center for Financial Stability to host VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax Preparation events. Kyle visited one of their events in February to get help preparing his 2019 taxes. Once there, he revealed that his wife was several months pregnant and they were hoping to purchase a home. While looking for assistance with navigating VA home loans, he also needed financial coaching to help him prepare for that new added expense—and the Center was able to deliver.
After connecting Kyle to VAREP (Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals), they were able to help him not only navigate the VA home loan process, but coach him on saving for a down payment and connect him with a real estate professional who presented him with potential homes to consider. But then came the pandemic.
Unfortunately due to the recent crisis, Kyle’s wife, who was the primary breadwinner, was furloughed from her job. They were put in a very tough position financially. After depleting much of their savings, our United Way was able to help again: Kyle applied to the Miami Pandemic Assistance Program, and United Way Mission United was able to process a payment of $1,000 to his landlord to help cover their rent.
They were also having a hard time purchasing food, and Mission United was able to provide them with $150 in gift cards to Sedano’s supermarket.
Kyle wasn’t expecting much more to come from his chance meeting with our United Way at the tax event apart from help with his taxes; but because of our community’s support—and programs like our United Way Mission United—Kyle and his wife are making strides toward a more prosperous future. “United Way has been paramount in our most recent struggles that the world has been facing,” Kyle said. “This is coming from a Vet that doesn’t like to ask for help.”
Kyle’s wife recently gave birth to their first child, Oliver. The blessings of this life-changing event occurred all while Kyle was preparing to take the A+ exam to expand his IT credentials. His new responsibilities and perspective on life have prompted Kyle to start working with Mission United in hopes to secure full-time employment in IT, so that he can better care for his family moving forward.