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Lives Changed

Meet the lives changed through the United Way Center for Financial Stability

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Joseph Eberhard, a Miami-Dade County Public School teacher at Lakeview Elementary, initially came to the United Way Center for Financial Stability for tax preparation. Once he learned about the financial coaching services the Center offered, he scheduled an appointment to have his financial situation assessed. A financial coach reviewed Joseph’s budget and established a new plan to accommodate his upcoming marriage.

Through careful planning and effective financial guidance, Joseph was able to get married and continue his savings plan, working towards his long-term goal of homeownership. Now, Joseph and his wife are financially stable and able to purchase their first home. The Eberhards are grateful for the assistance they received at the United Way Center for Financial Stability. They remain in contact with their financial coach and are promoting the Center’s services to friends and family.

In the past few years, we have all seen how interconnected we are. When people are unemployed and more families are financially unstable, the impact is felt throughout the community.

Since opening its doors in 2009, the United Way Center for Financial Stability has helped our neighbors increase their income and begin paving a path to financial independence.

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In the past few years, we have all seen how interconnected we are. When people are unemployed and more families are financially unstable, the impact is felt throughout the community. In Miami, one in three working people do not earn enough money to provide for their families. Today more than 20 percent of our neighbors are living below the poverty line.

Since opening its doors in 2009, the United Way Center for Financial Stability has helped our neighbors increase their income and begin paving a path to financial independence.

When Debra’s marriage fell apart, she was left with five children to raise on her own, a mountain of debt and no money. With an imminent eviction looming in her horizon, Debra was referred to the Center by the Jewish Community Center. She had many lingering issues that needed to be resolved before she could move forward.

Once she arrived at the Center, Debra had a good idea of all the things she wanted to accomplish. Her financial coach, Darren, helped give her guidelines around how she could accomplish them and break it down to three or four things she really wanted to work on first and prioritize from there.

Darren help Debra resolve her tax issue, set up a budget to help her start paying down all the debts and helped her sign up and register at Miami Dade College.

United Way has a community plan, focused on education, financial stability and health — the building blocks for a good life. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. It takes all of us working together to create a more educated, prosperous and healthy Miami-Dade, and you are essential to realizing that vision for our community. Join us and LIVE UNITED.

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In the past few years, we have all seen how interconnected we are. When people are unemployed and more families are financially unstable, the impact is felt throughout the community. Since its opening in October 2009, our neighbors can access financial education and coaching at the United Way Center for Financial Stability to help them pave a path to financial independence.

Claudia, a single mother of seven, found herself unexpectedly unemployed and unable to afford her mortgage. With the help of her financial coach, Claudia received assistance in budgeting and credit repair, successfully negotiated a reduction in her mortgage payment and is now pursuing her dream of opening a child care center.