The Circle of Life

Transforming lives throughout the circle of life

For more than 90 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been here for our community, in good times and bad, throughout the circle of our lives.

We are, and have always been, committed to lifting up our neighbors and supporting them as they pursue better futures and big dreams. We're transforming individual lives and we're bringing long-lasting, systemic change to tough issues, like family financial stability, education and the quality of life for returning veterans.

Generations of Houstonians have looked to United Way for help and hope because we touch close to one of every two lives in our community by:

Developing children and youth to their full potential
Last year, United Way helped more than 449,000 children and youth
develop to their full potential through: child care • mentoring • tutoring •
basic needs assistance • adoption and foster care • health care • afterschool
programs • character development.
75% of the students in United Way programs are more successful
in school.

Our Education Initiative is helping children achieve academic success
through early childhood education, reading tutors and academic support,
mentoring, and out-of-school programs.

United Way Bright Beginnings is an innovative early education program
designed to help children from lower-income families achieve social,
emotional, physical and cognitive milestones and enter school ready to
succeed. In its first 10 years, Bright Beginnings has prepared more than
5,000 children to start and succeed in school, with alumni outperforming
their peers on 45 of 51 achievement tests.

United Way Reading Together pairs elementary school students with
corporate and community volunteers to ensure that students are reading
proficiently by the time they enter fourth grade. In its first year, United
Way Reading Together provided reading buddies to 80 students, who all
improved their reading skills.

Strengthening families and neighborhoods

Last year, more than 795,000 individuals benefited from United Way
services that strengthen families and neighborhoods through: job skills
and career assistance • financial counseling and literacy courses • credit
building • parenting classes and family counseling • health care and basic
needs assistance.

United Way THRIVE helps families build stronger financial futures by
acquiring skills and education, obtaining better jobs, developing good
financial habits and building savings. Last year, THRIVE helped 49,000
families establish a path to financial stability.

Sustaining senior independence
Last year, more than 75,000 seniors got help staying healthy, strong and
independent through: help with daily living • nutritious meals • home visits
and care • social interaction • citywide support network and advocacy for
senior issues • senior specialists on call through 2-1-1 Texas/United Way
87% of seniors in United Way programs receive the help they need to
remain independent.

Care for Elders influences community practice to increase access to
services, improve the quality of care and enhance the quality of life for
older adults and their caregivers, along with informing public policy. The
2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is the access point to Care for Elders'
Access & Coordination Network, a collaborative of 13 organizations working
to improve older adults' access to needed services.

The United Way Gatekeeper program is a collaborative network of
thousands of public service and utility company employees who are
trained to recognize the signs that a senior may be at risk and report it
to a Gatekeeper specialist with the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.

Supporting people rebuilding their lives
Last year, more than 834,000 individuals got help rebuilding their lives
after crises through: basic needs assistance • mental health services •
housing and emergency shelter • job readiness and employment services
• domestic violence services • substance abuse services • transportation •
life skills.
72% of those in United Way programs gained the skills they needed to
enter the workforce.


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