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Michelle’s story is based on a real person with the resilience and strength to continue paving greater paths for herself and her family.

The real person did choose to stay in school, did take on the role of her son’s speech therapist, and did come up with the extra money needed to stay in her home.

These are decisions that anyone might have to make in their lifetime but become even more difficult when you’re already strapped for time and money.

At $27,000, Michelle is not in poverty by the federal definition. But she is “poor.” She’s resource poor, time poor, and energy poor. What other kinds of poverty can you think of?

In the Greater Triangle, nearly 200,000 people were experiencing poverty before COVID-19 and more than 200,000 were experiencing hunger on a regular basis.

With your support, United Way of the Greater Triangle invests in 91 nonprofit organizations that are providing the food, housing, education, workforce, and health support that our most vulnerable neighbors need to overcome poverty and increase their social mobility.

Nonprofits that receive funds from United Way form a safety net for families like Michelle’s by providing services as wide ranging as assistance with rent, treatment for mental health issues, groceries for families, and books for young children.

Nonprofits that receive funds from United Way also focus on creating the systemic solutions needed so that Michelle’s sons have the chance at a future full of resources and opportunity.

None of this is possible without supporters like you. Your generous donations have a real impact on the lives of local families. Thank you. To learn more about the impact you helped make possible last year, click here.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can call “2-1-1.” United Way’s NC 2-1-1 system is available 24/7/365 to connect the community to the resources they need. For more information on NC 2-1-1, click here.