Financial Stability-Related Success Stories
What Impact Looks Like. People and families are helped every day thanks to your support and donations.
Disabled adults are able to earn a wage and offered job security at The Augusta Training Shop, a United Way partner agency. Here they are taught to repair, strip, and refinish furniture, re-cane chairs, and even polish metals while living a truly meaningful life.
Each of the employees have their own personal story and challenges but we Shannon (pictured) holds a special place in our hearts. She was a healthy teenager enjoying high school until she had a stroke at the age of 16. After being left without the use of her entire right arm, she was met with challenges that United Way and The Augusta Training Shop were able to help her fight.
Shannon has learned to cane beautiful furniture, through tedious processes, with just one hand. She has not let this life event stop her. Her determination and contagious personality allows her to create beautiful paintings that others are also able to enjoy for many years.
Executive Director, The Augusta Training Shop
Because of my substance use disorder, I struggled to be a contributing member of society for most of my life. I never learned how to cope with life, in general, so I turned to substances to change the way I felt. My disease took over my life. I had no idea what to do or where to turn. I eventually wore all of my friends and family down as they tried so hard to help me get better and turn over a leaf.
As my outlook on life changed drastically, I did not want to be a disappoint to anyone any longer .... and I wanted to die.
One day I woke up and decided I needed to find a place where I could withdraw from my heroin use. I had never been so sick in my life but I knew this WAS something I had to do. While I was in detox the facility educated me on a local residential treatment center in Augusta called Hope House. I spent the next 6 months in Hope House learning about who I was, how to complete day-to-day activities sober, how to cope and accept life, and how to be strong and realistic. I learned to live one day at a time and soon those days turned to months.
I soon became self-sufficient, employed, and a contributing member of society. Early recovery is a practice that is not perfect. I was able to see myself in a new light, gain new confidence, and now I can help others change their lives. Today my life is full! I have friendships that I never thought were possible. My family can sleep at night knowing I am well and safe. I am a dependable employee working as an Admissions Assistant at Georgia Military College and soon will be attending as a student to study social work.
I wake up every day thankful for United Way and their partners as they have helped me get my life back. They helped me understand and truly feel that I am worth it.
In Recoverty since March 2017
I was homeless and living out of my car, when I found the Salvation Amy’s Center of Hope. I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for this program that United Way funds. I literally had nowhere to turn. I had hit rock bottom. No one believed in me.
After going through their Ready to Work program, I was grateful to have the opportunity to become a part of The Salvation Army and work for the very same place that helped me get my life back. I am now married and we just recently purchased a new home. I am happy to say I now have a future and I feel that I am truly a productive member of society once again.