United Way of Sheboygan County unites for the financial stability of everyone in our community.
A man moved to Sheboygan with his wife and pre-teen daughter. Shortly after they moved to the area the couple separated. He then lost his job as a result of COVID-19. While he qualified for unemployment, he read and spoke very little English, accessing this resource proved incredibly challenging. Having no one else to reach out to he called Catholic Charities to ask for help navigating unemployment resources. His case manager was able to assist him with his weekly reporting, job searches, financial assistance in the form of personal items, food, and pre-paid cash cards donated to Catholic Charities. He recently started a new job as a forklift driver at a local company. His twelve-year-old daughter is very proud of him. A community united makes a difference. With your help, amazing things are possible.
2019 Outcomes: - More families are achieving financial stability through housing assistance. 779 households were provided rental assistance so families could overcome barriers and gain secure housing. - Families and individuals are gaining the tools to secure financial stability for their future. 5,300 people received budget counseling & financial education. - Immediate support was provided to the homeless throughout our county. 28,100 nights of shelter provided.
United Way of Sheboygan County unites for the health of everyone in our community.
Before Bridgeway, I felt like I was living in a minefield. I had tried to stabilize myself for years, mentally and financially, after escaping an abusive relationship. I am a single mother of four children. I had previously lost both my parents, then lost the home we lived in due to a bad rent-to-own contract. I worked full time hours and tried to reach out to rental offices during my downtime. With no apartments available, I reached out to Bridgeway and sobbed as I told some of my story. I was met by strangers who quickly turned into an amazing family. Support was given to find counseling for myself and my children after so many doors in the mental health area seemed to slam shut. Bridgeway truly means so much to me. They made me feel safe and secure after a battle I had tried to quietly endure on my own. I don’t startle at the sound of a knock at the door or the sound of footsteps bounding down the halls- it's usually the sounds of kids running, playfully, through the house. Bridgeway is helping me find a path to safer ground. Stable ground. - Bridgeway Mom With your help, amazing things are possible.
2019 Outcomes: - Youth mental health is being supported in a big way. 65 days of school-based mental health therapy occur every week in all Sheboygan County public school districts. Assessment and treatment are provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. - Family members receive peace of mind knowing that their housebound loved one will receive a healthy meal and are checked-in on daily 76,000 meals delivered to the home bound.
United Way of Sheboygan County unites for the education of everyone in our community.
A Little Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was spending time in an outpatient mental health program as a result of an infraction with the law. In a conversation with his Big Brother of four years, they talked about the actions which led to his time in this program, away from home. The Little talked about going to jail, and the Big explained "going to jail isn't 'normal'." That it isn't something he has to do. The Little asked how many times the Big had been to jail, which is none. He asked how many people in the Big's family have been to jail, which is also none. They then had a conversation about 'normal' and that despite the Little having a father, uncle, and more family either currently in jail or previously incarcerated, that doesn't have to be his path. The Big realized what he thought was 'obvious' is not to someone exposed to incarceration as a 'norm' like his Little. He learned that he can use his time and mentor-ship to show his little life can be different and what healthy norms truly are. With your help, amazing things are possible.
2019 Outcomes: - Parents are gaining the tools needed to best support their children as they grow. 589 parents received parenting education and support. - The smallest in our community are being provided resources to set them and their families up for success. 1,000 Welcome Baby visits. - More youth are set up for success. 14,000 youth participated in programs to improve their future.