Life-Changing Stories

Valley of the Sun United Way monitors needs, identifies critical social issues and brings the right people together to advance the common good. Check out the stories below to find out how we're helping people in our community.

The Difference Is U | Luis & Alexis’ Story

The Difference Is U | Luis & Alexis’ Story

10/21/2015

Because of their hard work, along with the guidance and encouragement made possible by your support of Destination Graduation, today Luis and Alexis preparing for college and planning for a career.

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The Difference Is U | Katie’s Story

The Difference Is U | Katie’s Story

10/21/2015

Three years ago, Katie, a single working mom, took Levi to preschool, where he received a School Readiness Kit created by United Way. In addition to reading tips and lots of educational activities, Levi’s kit contained several books. Now in kindergarten, Levi is thriving.

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The Difference Is U | Anthony’s Story

The Difference Is U | Anthony’s Story

10/21/2015

Through your support of United Way, Anthony received the guidance and support to graduate from high school, earn a scholarship to Notre Dame University, graduate with a degree in finance, and go on to a successful career as an investment consultant. Notre Dame has already invited his 16-year-old daughter to attend the university when she graduates high school.

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The Difference Is U | Jennifer’s Story

The Difference Is U | Jennifer’s Story

10/21/2015

It might be hard to imagine Jennifer’s life ten years ago—a teen mom, pregnant again, homeless and hopeless. Because of your support, Jennifer received transitional housing, the help she needed to care for her children, and the skills to put her on the path to self-sufficiency.

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The Difference Is U

The Difference Is U

08/31/2015

YOU can make a difference. Your generous support helped Alexis and Luis graduate high school, prepared Levi for kindergarten, and helped Anthony and Jennifer build new lives. View these success stories.

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One New Home For Gabe

One New Home For Gabe

06/16/2014

We know that people don't want to be homeless or have to rely on food boxes. However, each day thousands of people in Maricopa County lack the basic needs that many of us take for granted, including a place to call home or enough food to eat. Thanks to your support, we partnered with the City of Phoenix to end chronic homelessness for veterans in Phoenix.

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One Passionate Tutor For Jaffet

One Passionate Tutor For Jaffet

06/16/2014

Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is vital to a child's future academic success. To ensure he stays on track, Jaffet works with a tutor on reading exercises using an online pilot program. "I love my reading time!" Jaffet says, and his reading skills are dramatically improving.

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One More Chance for Sandra and Mike

One More Chance for Sandra and Mike

06/12/2014

When Sandra and Mike lost their jobs, they could no longer provide for their children. Thanks to your support, they were able to secure housing for their family. They received resume-writing assistance, clothing for interviews, financial education and more. Sandra and Mike are working again and saving for a home. "We got our dignity back," Sandra says.

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One Dream Realized For India and Fernando

One Dream Realized For India and Fernando

06/16/2014

As middle school students, India and Fernando weren't sure they'd make it to high school. But thanks to United Way's Destination Graduation, they're both attending a local high school and planning for college. India dreams of studying music at Juilliard and Fernando wants to be a mechanical engineer.

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Vae and Lou’s Story

Vae and Lou’s Story

09/03/2013

The story of “Vae and Lou” represents the true daily lives of many seniors in our community who must choose to pay for medication, utilities or food.

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Phoenix, AZ 85018-2328

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