Financial stability promotes independence
The Heart of Illinois United Way is focused on ensuring individuals and families achieve financial stability. To ensure people can thrive, our work focuses on providing opportunities to get them on their feet again and helping during emergencies and crises.
- United Way funds distributed to the Income Impact Area support programs focused on independent living and self-sufficiency, including:
- Crisis and Disaster Services
- Employment Services
- Life Skills Education
- Legal Support
- United Way funded income programs provide . . .
- Basic needs for food, shelter and clothing
- Work-force skills that improve employability
- Emergency relief that helps in times of need
- Legal assistance to address family crises
- Here are just a few ways Heart of Illinois United Way funded programs are positively impacting financial stability in central Illinois:
- 83% of adults with disabilities in an employment program remained employed
- 98% of seniors in supported programs were able to maintain self-sufficiency and stay in their own homes
- 77% increase in long-term housing placement for adults and families who were in danger of being homeless
WORKING WITH A JOB COACH IS THE PERFECT FIT
Beginning in childhood, persons with developmental disabilities are affected by physical or intellectual impairments that impact day-to-day functioning throughout a person’s lifetime resulting in lower incomes, higher unemployment rates, and fewer housing options. The Heart of Illinois United Way invests more than $232,000 annually in programs that provide job training and coaching, integrate individuals into the community, and provide safe housing through group homes and independent living apartments.
Dan, a client at EP!C’s Community Job Placement program, has been employed at Anytime Fitness since 2015. Along with the support of his job coach, Russell, Dan helps clean equipment and serves as the fitness center’s mascot outside of the store and at special events. Friendly and loving to interact with customers, Dan is working towards being as independent as possible.
Always Ready to Help when the Unexpected Happens
Hundreds of people are affected by natural disasters every year in central Illinois. Whether it’ is a fire, a storm or a flood that damages or destroys a home, or power outages that affect daily living, natural disasters disrupt lives. The Heart of Illinois United Way supports the Salvation Army (above), the American Red Cross and the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service that are always ready to help individuals dealing with a natural disaster find food, shelter and emotional support.
A Little Help Can Make Ends Meet
Funded by the Heart of Illinois United Way, Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service helped more than 3,000 people last year improve their quality of life by providing food, personal hygiene and infant supplies to families and individuals in need. By having these most basic of needs met, Friendship House is helping people, such as Kevin, afford the expenses of housing and utilities ... while helping them gain self-sufficiency in times of need.
Independence Doesn't Mean Going it Alone
One in eight Americans is 65 and older; by 2030 the number of seniors will be double compared to 2000. With today's seniors enjoy longer lives and better health than previous generations, but by far the most significant issue is their housing cost burden. Housing cost burden is defined as having to pay 30 percent or more of your income for housing. For seniors, this burden is 40 percent or higher.
With 1 in 3 low-income seniors struggling to get by, the Heart of Illinois United Way funds several programs to help seniors remain independent . . . including home delivered meals, in-home counseling and advocates to keep seniors safe from financial and physical abuse.
United Way Income Programs at Work
To see United Way funded income programs at work visit our YouTube channel.