Theresa faced many obstacles that I led her to turn to UCAN for help.
Theresa suffered through years of emotional and mental domestic abuse at the hands of her children’s father. Theresa decided that she wanted better for herself and her two children, so she left the relationship.
Although Theresa had usually worked two jobs, and at some points three, she was currently paying her way through school and was just a few credits shy of completing the Paramedic program at LCCC. With the time commitment of school, she hadn’t been able to work as many hours so she was left to work part time delivering pizzas. And now she was down to one income in the household while raising two young boys and the family's three rescue children with four paws.
This caused Theresa to fall behind on her bills. And she fell behind, additional expenses for utility shutoffs and evictions were being added on to her debt. Theresa felt like she was all alone and that she was drowning and would have to give up.
Theresa was scared and she wasn’t used to asking others for help. When Theresa finally reached her end, she made a desperate call for help and was immediately connected to Rebecca at the Salvation Army as part of United Way’s UCAN collaborative.
Through Rebecca’s honesty and composure, she was able to help Theresa with her pain, and the two often shed tears together. This helped reassure Theresa that she was not alone.
Theresa’s children, who are 8 and 4, are her everything. In addition to the abuse, Theresa was exhausted from always worrying about if the boys would be okay.
Through UCAN, Theresa received assistance for rent and with food, and she was invited back to take part in the Christmas program to ensure that her children had the holiday that they deserved for being such good boys.
And because of this help, Theresa’s brightest days are ahead. She got the boost she needed to get back on her feet. She graduated from the program and is working fulltime as an EMT and is now pursuing an additional degree to become a flight medic.
The children are doing great as well and are thriving in school. In fact, Theresa had the best time school shopping this year because she was able to get the boys everything they needed. And yes, the dogs are good, too.