With Book Buddy being new to the Perry Child Development Center, and the kids being a little younger than the typical buddy, staff were unsure if the program would be successful. As the first couple of weeks got underway, Chase and his fellow students looked forward to when their Book Buddy friends would come.
Rhonnie Davis was forced to choose between paying for rent or textbooks. After years of struggle, she was living in her car, breaking out in hives, and studying like mad. And she had no idea how to come up with tuition for next semester.
Kelly had just received a letter saying she would no longer receive Child Care Assistance from the state. She was going to drop off the so-called “Child Care Cliff." She didn’t realize that by starting to work full time, she would be pushed just over the threshold of receiving assistance.
Aisha faced a shattering decision: acquire a husband three times her age or forfeit her family and her country. Those were the options her father presented her with in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan—one of the most isolated regions in the world. She was a 16-year-old from Des Moines.
Jess and Tim McCulloh started giving to United Way through their workplace at the same time they started their careers. Today, as leaders in their companies, they are the ones asking others to give back and are helping lead the direction in which United Way’s dollars are invested in the community.
After her daughter was tragically murdered here, Debra moved to Des Moines to take care of final affairs. But her housing plans fell through, and the veteran found herself on the streets—somewhere she never expected to be.
After a childhood spent in foster care, Cecelia got pregnant while still in high school. Scavo's Teddy Bear Town, funded by Women United, provided high-quality child care to Ezequiel while she earned her diploma.
Jessenia, a 15-year-old freshman, attends Empowerment Groups at the Young Women's Resource Center to find her voice, boost her confidence, learn about feminism and women's health, and, most importantly, make friends that will support her through the tough high school years.