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Success Stories

Success Stories

When you make a gift to United Way of Berks County, your contribution makes a difference in the lives of 100,000 individuals throughout Berks County.  Meet some of the people you've helped below and download Meet the People You've Helped for more success stories.

 

A Catastrophic Fall Changed Missy's Life


BVNA Success Story
After a catastrophic fall in her home in January 2017, Missy spent nearly 5 months in hospitalization and acute rehabilitation care. Her first round of in home care, provided Berks Visitng Nurse Association (BVNA), ran from June through August 2017. Missy's family said, "We were very impressed by Kris Stump, PT, Donna Boulanger, OT, and Krista Ellis, ST. Their outstanding care and therapy services helped Missy move forward in her initial recovery and return home. Their professionalism, care, information, and generous time helped us, Missy’s caregivers, as well as Missy to prepare for the at home recovery we were facing."


One year later, after a three week stay at Moss Rehabilitation Institute, in-home care was needed once again, and the family immediately called BVNA. "We are thrilled to have Kris, Krista and Laura Wilson, OT with us to provide exceptional in-home therapy," said Missy's family. "In addition to their professional therapy skills, they take the time to train us to assist Missy in her transition to lead a more mobile and independent life in and outside of our home. Their knowledge and skills have provided hope and excitement that Missy can indeed stand and rise up from her traumatic brain injury."


United Way focuses on health, education, financial stability and safety net services throughout Berks County. Together, we’re the hand raisers, the problem solvers and the game changers. A stronger community starts here.

 

  

 Hector Is Learning Job Skills and Becoming Self-Sufficient


BPN Success Story
Throughout high school, Hector was in a Life Skills class, had an Individualized Educational Program and attended Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center to learn basic work skills. The employment opportunity gave him an opportunity to practice and hone those skills in a competitive integrated environment.

With support from Berks Personnel Network of Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Hector was able to obtain his first job. Through this opportunity, he has learned responsibility, improved his focus and gained confidence. Hector now has solid work experience on his resume, is developing a long-term attachment to work, and is learning how to be self-sufficient. Our community is stronger when all citizens are involved - socially and vocationally - no matter what their challenges.


United Way focuses on health, education, financial stability and safety net services throughout Berks County. Together, we’re the hand raisers, the problem solvers and the game changers. A stronger community starts here.

 

 

 

David Is Helping Other Veterans After Turning His Life Around

Catholic Charities Success Story
When David returned from his second tour of Iraq, where he served in the Army Infantry, he found himself facing personal and financial hardships, along with PTSD.

David wanted to turn his life around, but he needed the tools to do it. With the help of case management supported by United Way funding, David received financial, utility and food assistance. The case manager also helped him focus on financial stability goals. David is also enrolled at Alvernia University through the GI Bill, working towards a degree in Social Work. He continues to "pay it forward" by referring other veterans to the program so that they have the same opportunities to thrive and achieve their goals.

United Way focuses on health, education, financial stability and safety net services throughout Berks County. Together, we’re the hand raisers, the problem solvers and the game changers. A stronger community starts here.

 

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Reading, PA 19603

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