Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals in this story.
My name is Candace and I’m 64 years old, facing stage 4 breast cancer. I was getting by and able to cope with the pain and stress until my husband left me—then things took a turn for the worse. I felt anxious and alone with no one to turn to. I didn’t know how I was going to survive on just my retirement income which is less than $1,000 per month. Then I heard about United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest. The person who assisted me gave me a good number of resources, including a local food pantry, free divorce counseling and directed me to a United for Women-funded program that provides legal services. He also told me about three organizations that help people who have cancer. Now I’ve received helpful financial assistance and I am working with a case manager. I feel better, even though the odds have been stacked against me, because there are people out there who are on my side looking out for me. PA 2-1-1 Southwest connected me to a wellspring of community support, and that’s been a blessing. I’ve had to face a serious illness and I rely on my friends for emotional support, and thanks to United Way and the 2-1-1 helpline, I can also get help from others.
United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest helps women like Candace get back on their feet. United for Women funds a program that provides legal services to women that gives them a fighting chance. To learn more about United for Women visit uwswpa.org/united-for-women