Amy Dornack is the Program Manager for CommQuest Services Family Living Center. She recently met a family who were referred to her organization through the Homeless Hotline. They were facing financial difficulties due to their chronic health problems, and had been living in their car for several months. Their story illustrates how easily it is for any of us to find ourselves struggling from a series of unanticipated events.

Kari and her son Max have been members of the Towpath YMCA ever since she registered him for the preschool program several years ago. Since joining, Kari has noticed her son’s improvement in many aspects of development. She now distinguishes the difference in child care that is essentially babysitting or day car, versus the preschool program offered at the YMCA. She points out that the YMCA preschool program is “Committed to preparing kids for kindergarten…and for life.”

MyBudgetCoach offers participants a free year of budget coaching. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

ICAN among local recipients of funding from United Way of Greater Stark County to carry out the Bold Goals 2020. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Robert Allchin's green thumb experience this year might put him on the path to employment and financial independence through the United Way of Greater Stark County's Bold Goals 2020 initiative.

United Way support makes all the difference to YWCA child care. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Cara Gassman, 24, said her four boys have improved academically, behaviorally since attending the Early Head Start and preschool.Cara Gassman said her kids might not be potty trained if not for the YWCA downtown.

She enrolled them in YWCA early child programs about three years ago and found a much-needed support system."They've been there through the good times and the bad times," Gassman said. "I don't think I would be able to survive without them."

Teams help high-risk students and their families address wide range of needs. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Darlene Long is glad someone cared. A 47-year-old wife and mother of five who now works as a part-time special education aide at Osnaburg Local Schools, Long was introduced to the C.A.R.E. team about six years ago.

United Way of Greater Stark County funding assists program in fulfilling 'bold' health goals. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Jade Fishburn had spent the past six years addicted to heroin. She didn't have friends. Her family was finished with her. She had done a stint in jail. She had no place to go. Then she found CommQuest Deliverance House.

"I feel like when I walked through the doors, I just was part of a miracle," she said. Fishburn, now 41, will celebrate five years of recovery in October, after spending 15 months at the Spring Avenue NE house.

Funding from United Way helps to provide wide range of educational programs for children of all ages. (Canton Repository. Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Tiffany Horn had to figure out about four years ago how she was going to juggle caring for two small children with classes at Stark State College and two jobs. She turned to the facility that cared for her when she was a child: The JRC Learning Center.

Pam’s father was the primary caretaker of her 83-year-mother, Jackie, until he was diagnosed with stage four cancer nearly one year ago. During the course of his treatment, the family was faced with how to care for Jackie, who has advanced dementia and needs 24-hour care. Pam was referred to the JRC Adult Day Center, a United Way funded agency that offers an alternative for adults who want to stay out of a nursing home or other permanent care facilities.

MyBudgetCoach™ helps Shantia's dreams become reality. When Shantia came to United Way to get her taxes done, she had no idea it would lead to a yearlong partnership with her own personal budget coach who would help her gain control of her finances. What's an effective way to empower someone like Shantia to build financial capability? It turns out, it may not be rocket science. It might be a person to talk to, learn from and trust.