Impact Stories

Ralph
Friday, April 30, 2021
Ralph Ralph gets up before the sun rises. His alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning so that he can catch the bus and make the hour-long trek across New Haven. He makes it to his job by 6:30, ready to work alongside another carpenter for the day. The pair is responsible for maintenance at city parks…
Friday, April 30, 2021
Santos Santos Colon from West Haven has found his purpose. Returning home after incarceration took some adjusting, but learning new skills in the construction field gave him hope for a brighter future. Santos participated in EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. a program that helps the formerly incarcerated…
Friday, April 30, 2021
“My family depends on the pantry because it stretches what we have, allowing us to have complete meals,” stated Patricia, “I go to the pantries at the end of the month and that holds me over until I get new food stamps.” As the effects of the pandemic have increased grocery prices, Patricia and her…
Learning Opportunities - Joy
Friday, April 30, 2021
Joy needed help for her son Ayomide. “When it was just me and my son at home, there was no one else his age for him to talk to or play with. He was not talking enough, so I thought he would open up and start speaking more if he could be around other kids.”   Through a friend, she was connected to…
David
Friday, April 30, 2021
David “Once I got my place, I took off my shoes finally.” After spending 8 months living outside during the dead of winter and having caught frostbite, 21-year-old David Wilson couldn’t wait for a place to call home. And thanks to United Way donors, David now has somewhere to lay his head, kick off…
Volunteer Legacy - Paula & Alicia
Friday, April 30, 2021
Paula & Alicia Sisters Alicia Lakomski and Paula Maher wanted to honor the memory of their late mother, Kathleen, who was a faithful volunteer in the community. As employees of Yale University, Alicia and Paula heard about United Way’s summer Neighborhood Pantry and wanted to get involved. Not…
Woman smiling
Friday, April 30, 2021
Zelema, a single working mother of three, was sleeping in her car while her children stayed at their grandmother’s house. Zelema is a college-educated accountant holding down a job, but she lives paycheck-to-paycheck. “I’m an adult—it’s different. I can deal with me, but they still need to grow,”…
man smiling
Friday, April 30, 2021
Jermaine Everyone makes mistakes – what matters is learning from them. This truth, as simple as it may seem, has been revolutionary in the life of Jermaine Talton. If you were to meet this 45 year old New Haven native with a stable job and three thriving young children, it would be hard to believe…
hands raised
Friday, April 23, 2021
During Week of Action, be part of the Live United movement by working with our partners across the region to host a community dinner, expand access to community garden resources, collect healthy multicultural snacks and more! Sign up to help us promote a more sustainable and equitable food system…
Home At Last - Ivanna & Carmello
Friday, April 23, 2021
Ivanna & Carmello “For all of us sometimes it feels like the hardships will never end, but remind yourself how far you’ve come and that you were able to bounce back from something that not just anyone can. You are so strong!” The hand-written message from a United Way supporter brought Carmello…