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A Helping Hand During the Holiday Season

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Kathy is a single mother of eight. Money is tight for her as she currently lives in a hotel and suffers from Lupus, an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack normal, healthy tissues. As Thanksgiving approached this year, Kathy worried she could not afford to feed her family on top of already surmounting medical bills.

“The holidays are a tough time of year,” Kathy recalled, “It seems like everything is getting more expensive.” That’s when a close friend recommended she call Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1, a free and confidential community referral service that connects callers with resources and community assistance.

Having never called 2-1-1 before, Kathy wasn’t sure what to expect. Once connected to a call specialist, she felt instant relief as she listened to several resources recommended by 2-1-1. Ultimately, Kathy was referred to two Mile High United Way community partners: The Action Center in Jefferson County and the Denver Rescue Mission. She was able to obtain a full Thanksgiving meal for her family from The Action Center and additional winter clothing from Denver Rescue Mission. “I’m not sure what would have happened if I had not called 2-1-1,” said Kathy, “I think my family would have been starving on Thanksgiving.”

Every year, millions of families and individuals struggle to make ends meet during the holiday season. Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center received over 12,500 calls during the months of November and December alone, of which nearly 2,000 were related to food and holiday assistance. Make the choice today to support families and individuals like Kathy who are in need of a helping hand.