Stories of Impact

Milton Little

Milton Little

President of United Way of Greater Atlanta and member of the Ways to Work board of directors shares why he values the program and its benefits in the Atlanta community.

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KaMila Buchanan

KaMila Buchanan

KaMila Buchanan, a Ways to Work client from Family Services of Western Pennsylvania supported by United Way, explains just how tough it is to be a single mom with no transportation.

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Felisha Jackson

Felisha Jackson

Felisha lost her job at Cosi Restaurant while caring for her two children and making $432 per month car payments at 20%+ interest. She unknowingly purchased the car from a predatory lender and after her job loss, fell three months behind on payments.

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Michelle Kaczmarek

Michelle Kaczmarek

“If there is anything in this world you want, fight for it! Your diligence will pay off in the end, but only YOU can make yourself into greatness and overcome the obstacles in your way. The choices you make in your life are yours, so dream big and reach high. After all, this is your life and you only live it once, so make it count!”

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Rokesha Parrish

Rokesha Parrish

A single mother of two and another Ways to Work client, demonstrates the importance of individualized financial counseling and support.

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Leanette Watkins

Leanette Watkins

When Leanette Watkins walked in the door of Humankind (formerly Presbyterian Homes & Family Services (PHFS) and the Family Alliance) in Lynchburg, Va., she was on her last straw. Shortly after divorcing her husband, enduring a house fire, and losing a child, Watkins and her son moved to Lynchburg with the goal of starting over.

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Building that credit score, one loan at a time

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The process of obtaining a Ways to Work car loan is not exactly easy. It’s an intentional process geared to educate, change bad spending habits and help participants acquire a deeper understanding of their economic situation.This concept is demonstrated best through the work of Chicago’s Salvation Army and the stories of three potential clients.

Read Kelly, Kiana, & Jessica’s Story