Emily is a bright student with a passion for learning. Denise, Emily’s mom, has always tried to provide her with opportunities for a better future. The two rent a trailer and Denise works long hours cleaning houses for a living. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, she is now out of work. Since Emily needs internet to attend her virtual classes, Denise has tried cutting costs every way she can and now struggles to pay for basic necessities.
“The future is scary, I don’t know how I will pay my bills,” said Denise when she called the hotline. “I wanted to go to search for food in chuches, but at the same time… I’ve got to save my gas.” The family’s United Way case manager was able to connect them with various resources including financial assistance and food distribution sites closer to their home.