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We recently introduced you to United Way of the Bluegrass’s Big Bold Goal that 10,000 Central Kentucky families will be self-sufficient by 2020. You may be wondering how we as a community can have this great of an impact on that many lives. You are probably thinking: Where do we even begin? We feel this goal can be achieved with improvements to four main areas: basic needs, school readiness, student success and financial stability.
Travis is larger than life. His personality fills any room he enters. Travis is polite, well-spoken and humble. In high school, he met the girl of his dreams, but was also introduced to partying. Travis describes himself as an extreme person – either all in our all out. He fell in love with his future wife and also began what would become a fifteen-year destructive relationship with alcohol that would change his life forever.
Casey, a single mother to a well-mannered, two year old boy named Boone, has a college degree and a Masters in dietetics. After working as a dietician for a few years, Casey decided to pursue her dream of going to medical school to become a doctor. She knew she would need a biology degree in order to apply, so she enrolled at the University of Kentucky. Casey was pregnant with her son, Boone, and was facing a difficult journey to make her dream a reality.
We usually have at least one person in our lives to call when we need help. That person could be a parent, sibling, family member or friend. Jessica, a young mother, used to believe she had two people in the world to call on for help- her husband and her mother- both of whom work up to twelve hour shifts, five days a week.