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Subject line: Things to know
Here are a few things I want to make sure you know about United Way of Greater Houston:
1. SAFETY NET
Together, we helped 2 million people in the Greater Houston Area improve their lives last year.
Your support ensures the safety net for our community, urgently needed services like food, housing, transportation, and help escaping violence. Safety net services stabilize people who are in crisis and unable to meet their basic needs and allow them to start thinking about the future.
2. 24/7 HELPLINE
1.4 million of our neighbors were connected with help and hope last year.
Nationally recognized and staffed by trained professionals, the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE connects people to the safety net they need in times of disaster and distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Whether you need help with food, housing, health care, child care, or disaster recovery, call 211. It is one of our community’s most valuable resources.
3. UNITED WAY THRIVE
49,650 families got support to achieve financial stability.
United Way of Greater Houston leads United Way THRIVE, a collaborative comprising nonprofits, employers, community colleges, financial institutions, and city and state agencies, that work together to help people achieve lasting financial stability through financial coaching and education, job training, savings and credit building, safe and affordable financial products, and more.
4. YOUTH SUCCESS
92 percent of students in United Way programs were more successful in school last year.
We know that a strong educational foundation gives people a better chance of thriving. Through early childhood education, out-of-school enrichment, mentors, and other academic support, we are helping prepare the next generation to lead our families, businesses, and communities.
5. HEALTH CARE
More than 178,000 people received health care support.
Physical and behavioral health care programs help people become or remain able to fully engage in their careers, families, and lives. Services include primary health care, specialty care services, like dental care and occupational therapy, as well as individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, and substance abuse recovery.
6. DISASTER RECOVERY
You made sure United Way was front and center, helping our community get through crises.
In times of crisis, whether a pandemic, a winter storm, or a hurricane, United Way is here to coordinate recovery, provide help through 211, and invest in critical services, like basic needs assistance, home repair, and emergency financial support. During the first year of the pandemic, we connected 260,000 people with help through 211 and supported 209,000 individuals through the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
Learn more at unitedwayhouston.org.