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IMPACTS! Blog

  • The Pathway To Success Starts Early The Pathway To Success Starts EarlyStudents who are succeeding in elementary school have a greater chance of graduating high school. By IMPACTING at-risk youth and setting them on their pathway to success at a young age, we can ensure they will be ready for college or a fulfilling career. Falling victim to poverty is the alternative for these kids. We are fighting for their stability and success. United Way of Jackson County supports the Lily Missions Center’s After School Program where kids have a safe environment to learn and grow. Robbie’s story is just one example of a child working hard to succeed. He didn’t ... Read more
  • Teens Encouraging Teens and Preteens To Make Smart Healthy Choices Teens Encouraging Teens and Preteens To Make Smart Healthy ChoicesHigh rates of teen pregnancy can upend young lives and increase the burden on a community’s social programs. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) was formed in 2005 by United Way of Jackson County with a mission to reduce the teen pregnancy rate and address contributing factors for Jackson County’s young people. TPPI strives to improve adolescent sexual health in Jackson County, improve parent-child communication regarding adolescent sexual health in our community, and promote awareness of the issue. The program currently operates as part of the Jackson County Health Department and is supported by UWJC. TPPI’s mission is supported in part by ... Read more
  • Jackson County Families Deserve A Stress Free and Financially Secure Life Jackson County Families Deserve A Stress Free and Financially Secure LifeUnited Way of Jackson County wants to help struggling families develop their pathway to financial stability and success. Your support allows UWJC to fund Financial Stability Workshops through the Community Action Agency. By completing this six-week program, clients learn how to become comfortable with a planned budget, manage their finances, and plan for the future. Living with savings and without debt can create a stress-free and financially secure environment. Helen completed the workshop and is now on her pathway to financial stability and success. The paycheck went just as quickly as it came. Rent, car, lights, groceries, all the different things ... Read more
  • Dealing With Trauma Leads To Stability Dealing With Trauma Leads To StabilityFor individuals who feel as if their life if spiraling out of control, we offer help and an opportunity to regain their stability. Through your support, United Way of Jackson County provides funds for the Outpatient Counseling Program at Catholic Charities which provides services for low-income, uninsured or under-insured families and individuals. This program specializes in treating victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Clients empower themselves through the sessions. By learning coping mechanisms and other skills, they are able to deal with the trauma of their past so they can lead a healthy and productive life in our community. ... Read more
  • Helping Families Achieve Stability Helping Families Achieve StabilityWhen families fall upon hard times, we need to help them get back on their pathway to financial stability and success. Your gifts to United Way of Jackson County allows us to support the Basic Needs Program through the Salvation Army. You are helping to remove financial barriers that are keeping hard-working families from becoming or regaining their financial stability. This family of five is just one example of thousands throughout Jackson County IMPACTED by your support: Gina came to the Salvation Army desperate for help. She and her husband lost their jobs just weeks apart. Now, just a few short ... Read more
  • Less Stress, More Stability. Leading Families Toward Success. Less Stress, More Stability. Leading Families Toward Success.We want struggling families to become financially stable, and we want their children to succeed in school. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County can provide funds for the FIRST Family Support Program. This program allows families who are at or near financial crisis to maintain stable employment or continuing education while ensuring quality early education and day care for their children. Susan’s story is just one example of the IMPACT that is being made in Jackson County, thanks to your support. Susan is a married mother of two small children. She is loving and kind. Susan is a ... Read more
  • Helping Kids Stay Healthy Helps Families Remain Stable Helping Kids Stay Healthy Helps Families Remain StableLast week we introduced you to V-CHAP, which stands for Virtual Children’s health Access Program. Click here for last week’s blog. V-CHAP is an evidence-based model that improves the quality of health outcomes for children with Medicaid while reducing the cost for care. More than one in three households  in Jackson County are either in poverty or struggling to make ends meet. At some point during the year, many of those families have a child that will need medical care. That family must decide to purchase essentials for the week for their entire family or use their resources to provide health ... Read more
  • Which Would You Choose: Medicine or Food? Which Would You Choose: Medicine or Food?It’s a horrible choice that many in our community must make.  Some 36% of households in Jackson County are living at or near poverty, according to the most recent ALICE Report. That is 21,345 homes in our community that at some point this year may have to decide between spending what little money they have on medicine for their sick child or to purchase food for their family. We at United Way of Jackson County believe no one should face such a decision. The following is an article from the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics written by President Teresa ... Read more
  • Preventing Homelessness and Preserving Stability Preventing Homelessness and Preserving StabilityWhen families are living at or below the poverty line, they don’t have the resources they need to prevent a wrongful eviction. By supporting United Way of Jackson County, you help us fund a mediation and eviction diversion program through Legal Services of South Central Michigan. This program facilitates communication between tenants and the landlords and is a collaboration between several non-profit agencies and Jackson County District Court. Most of the time an understanding can be reached and an eviction can be avoided. However, in some cases legal action is needed in order to protect the rights of struggling families. For ... Read more
  • Financial Stability For Everyone, Including The Elderly Financial Stability For Everyone, Including The ElderlyWho cares for our elderly citizens when they are alone and not able to care for themselves? Your support allows United Way of Jackson County to help fund a home for elderly women in our community, providing a life of stability and comfort. There are 48 elderly women currently residing at the Jackson Friendly Home. Elizabeth is among those who call it their home. Elizabeth spent most of her life caring for others. For decades she was a foster parent to dozens of children in need. Have a conversation with Elizabeth sometime and listen to story after story of all the children ... Read more