Patricia moved out to get married and start her family when she was just 18, and she wasn’t equipped with the knowledge to be able to properly take care of her finances. Patricia soon found herself living in poverty with her two young daughters. Patricia came to Consumer Credit Counseling Services in May of 2008. She had accumulated more credit card debt than she could handle and needed help learning how to take control of her finances.
My Success Story By Airianna.
In My Own Prison
Kale is energetic, quick to laugh, and is bursting with stories about adventures he and his friends have had. In most ways he is quite like any other nine year old. This avid Boy Scout does have one more challenge than the rest of his peers. He has Asperger’s, a form of autism.
Dear Salina Area United Way,
My name is Sara White* and I live in Salina, Kansas. I contacted Kansas Legal Services because I needed assistance with obtaining disability benefits on behalf of my child.
Pam Suenram has three kids, a loving husband of 31 years, three cats and two dogs. She also has 20 years under her belt in Physical Therapy at St. John’s Hospital. To hear her talk about anything is contagious- the listener can’t help but become engrossed in her stories. Sometimes Pam has trouble finding the right words though, because she has Multiple Sclerosis, or MS.
“My name is Kaitlyn and through United Way scholarship funding, my son Izzaiah has been able to receive quality early childhood education at Salina Child Care Association. Izzaiah just turned five years old and has been attending Salina Child Care since August 2010. When Izzaiah started at Salina Child Care we received assistance from Head Start while my husband and I worked full time.
Hi. My name is Lorna. I want to tell you about myself and my family. I have a daughter, granddaughter, and a son who is disabled. They are my life! I moved here from California to give them all a better life away from the gangs and violence we’d experienced. After moving here, I experienced kidney failure and other numerous health problems. I was at the lowest point in my life. I came to Catholic Charities seeking help after all my medical problems and financial crisis.
At 7 years of age, Angel is the younger of two Hispanic children. He is in the third grade at school, where he has struggled with academic performance, school preparation, and overall behavior. He is the son of a single mother; his father is currently incarcerated, making him an inconsistent figure and constant reminder of Angel’s precarious family situation. On the outside, Angel is a loving young boy who enjoys nearly every activity he has participated in.
In 2012, Erika and her family were going through some hard times financially. She often didn’t have enough money to pay for her child to attend daycare at Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center at full price each week. Worrying about paying for her child’s daycare was stressing her out nightly. She was worried about paying not only upcoming dues but also her current balance, which was nearing the $300.00 mark. Erika realized she needed help and set up a meeting with Karen, MLK Director.