Profile of Success: Kathy Luria
"I am so grateful that I can return the favor."
"I am here as a living, breathing reminder of how programs supported by United Way Community Investment can transform lives. You see, 26 years ago, I was a newly divorced mother with a one year-old son, a rented apartment and unreliable child support. I had no job, no advanced college degree and limited ability to pay the bills.
I struggled to find help, and after much desperation, I was able to receive assistance to put my son in daycare, was given food baskets during the holidays and was provided with electricity assistance.
I didn’t know about United Way 2-1-1, or the services that I qualified for in the community. If I had called 2-1-1 at the time, I would have had a much easier time during what was one of the most stressful times of my life.
It was hard, but thanks to programs supported by United Way Community Investment, I am here today with a healthy and happy college educated son, a master’s degree myself and the honor of helping to guide Webster Bank’s United Way campaign to support children and families in our community. My story has not been shared broadly, but I share it with you to confirm that there are indeed people that you can help.
There are still thousands of people across Connecticut looking for work. They are making choices between paying their mortgage and buying food. Like me, they have never faced this kind of adversity and they do not know where to turn. But they will know, thanks to me and the thousands of other people who give to United Way Community Investment and support programs like United Way 2-1-1. I am so grateful that I can return the favor now through my gift to United Way Community Investment and help children and families in my area when they need it most."
--Kathy Luria, Webster Bank
Kathy’s story is not unique. Through United Way’s Community Investment, we are investing in the programs and strategies that help people like Kathy with basic needs, so they can become financially secure.
Kathy is now “paying it forward” like so many people do. Rather than choosing an agency, she gives to Community Investment to help support the many programs that helped her, and her son, too. Please join with Kathy by “paying it forward” and choosing United Way’s Community Investment when asked to give.
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