Judith’s Story

With tears in her eyes, Judith remembers her son making the band at his school. He just needed to buy the required band shirt and he would be ready to go. Judith’s heart sunk. She had just paid the family’s monthly bills and she knew there was nothing left.

A preschool teacher, Judith spends her days helping four-year olds get ready to start kindergarten. She loves her job and the chance to make a difference in the lives of little ones.

Judith and her husband have three little ones of their own. They both work, but things are tight. They have just enough to eek by each month, with nothing leftover for a sick kid, a car repair—or an unexpected band shirt.

Without a college degree, Judith knows that earning more will likely remain a challenge. She works hard to make sure her kids understand that and are able to take advantage of opportunities she couldn’t.

“I want my kids to know that even though right now it’s hard, even though we are ALICE, I want the best for them. I always tell them, in order for you not to struggle the way mom does, you need to go to school.”

Judith is working hard to change her family’s situation. United Way of Greater Houston supports families, like hers, in their efforts to achieve financial stability and pursue their dreams. If you are ALICE, call the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE and find out how to get started.


If you are ALICE, call our 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE to get started on the path to a better future.