2-1-1 Comes Through for George
Along with his wife and his two young children, George has spent the better part of the past five years living on the streets of Denver. George and his wife were both employed full-time yet were living paycheck to paycheck with no extra money to pay for childcare. He made the decision to leave his job to care for his children, but when his wife lost her job just a few months later, they had little savings to fall back on. With a limited amount of time to find help and no other immediate options, George decided to place a call to Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 service
2-1-1 first connected George and his family to the Community Outreach Service Center and Catholic Charities, where they received food and utility assistance. When the family could no longer afford to stay in their home, 2-1-1 led them to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which proved invaluable in their journey to find permanent housing.
Though the odds were against him, George worked tirelessly to give his children a sense of normalcy. Through 2-1-1, he found Invest in Kids, a program that allowed his children to socialize with others through classroom and small-group activities. This in turn has increased their chances of succeeding in a formal school setting and leaving the life of poverty behind.
The 2-1-1 service is an important part of Mile High United Way’s Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiative, which aims to provide individuals and families the building blocks they need to achieve financial stability. Last month, more than 7,700 people called 2-1-1 to find or give help, with utility bill assistance being the greatest need.