FEELING GRATEFUL

Christina's Story: Update

Christina just signed the lease for another year in her two-bedroom West Haven apartment. This is home for Christina and her family.

Before, Christina was homeless, living out of her Chevy Cavalier while her children stayed with their grandmother.

She is well settled into her apartment that is decorated with pictures and inspirational quotes.

“It just changes your whole path when you have somewhere you can feel safe,” said Christina.

United Way helped house Christina in September of 2016, providing her with a stable environment, and hope.

“It was immediately home. [We] knew that better things were going to come.”

Christina currently works at a local diner, and she reports feeling happier and less stressed since not having to worry about where she’ll go after the sun goes down.

Studies show that having stable housing leads to healthier individuals. Now that Christina is housed, she has reconnected with her kids.

“That was probably the hardest part; it was a void that nothing could fill. There’s nothing like being with them. It’s nice to be safe and know we have somewhere to go every night, and not have to be separated from my kids.”

United Way believes every person should have a safe place to call home.

And without the help of United Way, its donors, and the Coordinated Access Network (CAN), Christina’s future would be uncertain.

Christina is grateful that United Way gave her another chance.

“It’s amazing what a little help from strangers can do. You can change somebody’s whole entire life.”

“It just changes your whole path when you have somewhere you can feel safe,” said Christina.