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May 5, 2015
Imagine you unexpectedly lost your job. While it was a good job, your income wasn't quite enough to save for emergencies. After a few weeks of being unemployed, your bank account is running low and you're wondering how you will make ends meet. You don't have any family in the area to help you out until you find another job. With all of the worry and stress, you find it difficult to focus on looking for employment.
As you're opening your last can of soup and realizing that you can't pay your mortgage this month, your mind starts wandering to what it might be like to be homeless. Up until now you've always been self-sufficient; things were tight, but they worked. You've never been in this situation before and you start to panic. What would you do next?
Shannon, a middle-aged veteran living in Loveland, recently found herself in this situation. Without a job and in need of food, utility assistance, and mortgage assistance, she called United Way's 2-1-1 Information and Referral line to figure out what to do.
The 2-1-1 Community Specialist referred Shannon to several local organizations including the Larimer County Department of Human Services and the Food Bank for Larimer County, both United Way Community Impact Partners.
Because of these referrals, Shannon was able to alleviate some of her immediate needs, which allowed her to better focus on finding a job. Thankfully, she started a new job a few weeks later and was able to pay her mortgage again. Shannon was no longer in crisis and was on her way to thriving.
United Way of Larimer County and our Partner organizations are working to break the cycle of poverty here in Larimer County. That includes providing for immediate needs so that our neighbors are able focus on the bigger issues, like employment, and create a future filled with promise and opportunity.
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