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Category: Success Stories

Veteran permanently disabled by PTSD regains hope and his life

  In March 2018, Chris Dempsey, JAG lawyer and Army combat veteran, found himself sleeping in the woods next to his church in Keystone, Florida….

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How a Nassau County teen overcame bullying to chase her dreams of becoming a nurse

  If you told Kiersten London eight years ago she’d one day give monologues in drama class, she wouldn’t believe you. The recent Fernandina Beach…

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United Way 211 helps family after car accident triggers financial crisis

  Dana Garcia didn’t know she would find herself crying in the bathroom that day. A proud Haskell employee, she was invited to a United…

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Mentor made all the difference to graduating Jacksonville teen

Children in Achievers For Life rely on their adult mentors to be a support system of encouragement they may not receive at home — or as an extension of what they are already getting at home. Jaelyn is just one example of the lives changed by Achievers For Life every day.

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Full Service Schools turns student’s life around

With the help of Full Service Schools, Deonte was able to turn his life around and graduate from high school.

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United Way partner, Girls Inc., helps local student blossom

Girls Inc. provided Jasmine a safe, comfortable after-school space to unearth her passions and expand her reading abilities.

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Homeowner keeps house, reduces debt thanks to United Way partner, Family Foundations

Anjie is so thankful for organizations like Family Foundations and United Way of Northeast Florida for services they offer individuals like her.

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United Way partner, Red Cross, shelters local family in crisis

“I don’t know what I would have done without the Red Cross,” said Kirsten. “They saved my life, my family, everything.”

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Army veteran’s life transformed with one call to United Way 2-1-1

Betsy was at rock bottom. It wasn’t until she received information on free community resources from Catholic Charities at an Arlington church that her outlook began to improve.

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Homeless man overcomes addiction to find fulfilling career at local glass warehouse

From living on the street to becoming the head of a local glass warehouse in less than three years, Kaleem G. shows second chances are possible with the help of Operation New Hope.

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