Breaking the cycle
When you grow up poor or witnessing abuse or addiction, you are more likely to get trapped in these seemingly never-ending cycles. This was the trap that Shelly found herself in. “I was determined not to be a statistic, but I was.” After a childhood filled with turmoil, Shelly got pregnant first at age 15 and then again at 18.
Living in poverty after escaping an abusive relationship, Shelly was overwhelmed by the pressures of raising her kids on her own. She was trying to be the best mom she could be, but knew she needed help; she couldn’t do it alone. United Way funded programs like: counselling, parenting classes, children’s activities and support with basic needs gave Shelly and her kids the tools they needed to succeed and break the cycle.
She finished school, began a career in banking, bought a home and provided a stable life full of opportunities for her children. All because someone like you helped her to change the story.
“I was determined not to be a statistic, but I was.”