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Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting down and working with my first client as a Financial Empowerment Coach. The first thing I noticed when my client sat down was how tired she seemed. Not tired in the “I didn’t get enough sleep last...

“The first few years of a child’s life make a world of difference, shaping who he or she will become, what he or she will achieve and how he or she will contribute to society as an adult.” -Kelly Stupple, Child Health Advocate

Washtenaw County is blessed with a high standard of living, tremendous educational opportunities, world-class health care and a richly diverse population. For Kelly Stupple, Child Health Advocate at Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative, those virtues also come with a host of challenges, especially for the county’s most underserved residents. One of...

Molly Dobson. Her name is synonymous with philanthropy, leadership and commitment to community. She is a real dynamo, an interesting and interested nonagenarian whose lifelong quest has been to be engaged in, and to support, Washtenaw...

Allan, 31, was a single father caring for his 5-year old daughter alone. His goal was to complete his education to better his financial situation and provide for his daughter, as well as set a good example for her. Due to mental health issues, the mother was unable to provide any financial or physical supports for him. As the relationship ended, Allan used the opportunity to move back to Ann Arbor, re-enroll at EMU and enroll his daughter in Community Day Care Center, a high quality and educational co-op. His daughter was in need of structure and stability.   Our partners at Child Care...

"As a father, I want to do whatever it takes to make this a better community for everyone." 

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“It is amazing how much United Way is embedded in the fabric of our lives.”

Pregnant and 18. Still in school. In denial. Afraid to tell her parents — who had already raised 6 children. Knowing she was too young to be the kind of mom she wanted to be, Juli Pennington and her parents turned to Catholic Social Services for help finding an adoptive home for her son, born March 2, 1978. Juli’s only request at the time: to keep the court records open in the event that she or Gino, as he came to be called, wanted to meet each other in the future. “The emotional process was compassionate,...

Being a mom of three children is no joke.  Having one of the three that is handicapped brings on a whole different set of difficulties.

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