'Now I Know I Can Do Anything': Jasmine's Story

'Now I Know I Can Do Anything': Jasmine's Story

Jasmine was living in a homeless shelter, working temp jobs to support herself and her twin boys. A group of United Way partner agencies, including WMCAT and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, helped her launch her career and become a homeowner. Jasmine's story is a powerful illustration of the impact we can make when United Way donors and partner agencies work together to empower people in our community.

James’ Story: Employment Services Collaborative

When James was younger, his mom worked several jobs to support the family, leaving James to juggle the demands of school and the care of his younger siblings. After high school he worked as a home health aide. While it was far from his dream job, James worked hard, volunteering for extra shifts, filling in for coworkers, taking on extra duties – largely so he could support his siblings. But James also had bigger dreams.

MathCorps Tutor Helps Kentwood Students Fall in Love With Numbers

Though the job can be difficult, MathCorps member Dan Graham finds satisfaction in seeing his students improve over the course of the year. “Before Christmas, the principal pulled me into one of the fourth-grade teachers’ rooms and she showed me how the students were progressing, and, for the MathCorps students, they were seeing large gains, from 10 to 60 points,” Dan says. “It was awesome to be able to see the difference we were making here in the classroom.”

Family Stability: Latrice's Story

Like so many young families, Latrice, Terry, and their two kids had a life full of activity. Their older child was busy with school and sleepovers, while the younger one was just starting to walk, and both Latrice and Terry worked full time. Life changed when Terry was involved in an accident and needed emergency surgery. Terry was out of work for nearly a year, and eventually, he lost his job. The family went from two incomes to one, and quickly spiraled into homelessness.

All it Takes: Steve and Nick's Story

All it Takes: Steve and Nick's Story

Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, making up almost 50% of those who are experiencing homelessness in Kent County. Family Promise partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children.