Hope is Never Lost

Posted by Rachel Vogel-Quinn on Apr 30, 2017 5:17:41 PM

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At age 30, Mikeesha came to a crossroads. A single mother of two, she was unemployed and struggling financially—with no clear plan for where to go next.

That’s when United Way’s HOPE Initiative stepped in. HOPE strengthens families with comprehensive support in education, income, and health. After being accepted as a participant, she was encouraged to write down her goals and work with her case manager to achieve them.

Her first goal: Find a job. Check! She is now an AmeriCorps VISTA Literacy Specialist at Oakridge Neighborhood Services.

The HOPE Initiative


United Way's 
HOPE Initiative (Health, Opportunity, Prosperity and Education) strengthens single-parent families by setting goals and removing barriers. Through a multi-generational, integrated, and comprehensive approach, HOPE provides case management to families and connects them with education, income, and health resources. through United Way of Central Iowa and partner agencies in our community.

Learn more about THE HOPE INITIATIVE

Next: Graduate from college after 10 years of on-again, off-again enrollment. Check! She graduated from DMACC in December.

During this journey, Mikeesha has landed on a career path. In May, she begins at Iowa State University to earn a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She plans to work for a nonprofit and fight sex trafficking.

Over the past two years, HOPE has been there to guide Mikeesha. She has taken classes in financial literacy, nutrition, and parenting. She especially bene-fitted from learning how to budget, track her spending, and build her credit.

Mikeesha has a message for anyone struggling in life. “All hope is not lost. Hope is never lost. There is always somebody who loves you and who is rooting for you.”