Like many families, Molly and Sam started their search for child care before their daughter was born. After two years of waiting, Sam decided to stay home as Violet’s primary caregiver while Molly continued to work full-time. However, sudden health complications meant Sam could no longer fill that role. They needed to find a spot for Violet—fast.
At the onset of the pandemic, Eliane, a former student at Portland High School, struggled with her anxiety and fell behind in school. Greater Portland Health’s (GPH) School-Based Health Center team worked collaboratively to help Eliane and establish behavioral health services.
Housed at United Way of Southern Maine, Greater Portland Workforce Initiative’s (GPWI) goal is to help individuals in Greater Portland prepare and connect to growing sectors of employment with family-sustaining wages. For Mangasa (Mangasi) and
For many families, childcare is a growing expense. Lindsey and her husband, Jonathan, pay $18,000 in childcare costs for their two daughters. Even as a dual income household, the family could not cover the amount without compromise.
From her family to her community, Cassandra prioritizes helping others. “No matter what I do in life, I’m always going to help people…that’s what I love,” said Cassandra. In her personal life, Cassandra cares for
Yancil’s Story: Avesta Housing and Brick & Beam Society The pandemic challenged educators, care providers, families, and kids across our community, leading to learning loss and other compounding issues. That’s when our community stepped in.