Many of us understand struggle. Struggle seems to be a part of the human experience for many.

However, single parents seem to define struggle for many of us. They have to be everything for their children all while making ends meet, often completely alone. Something like homeownership can feel so far out of the grasp of single parents. However, this is where the Prosperity Center comes in and can help make dreams come true.

The Prosperity Center is an initiative of United Way of Frederick County and helps people learn about their credit scores, be paired with a budget coach, and even be enrolled in a savings program that asks the individual to save $2,200 and be able to walk out with over $12,000 to put on a home.

This program has made homeownership a reality for 25 families in Frederick County so far. Shana is one of those. Although Shana has a stable job and a college education, paying for her daughter’s childcare costs and rent left her with little to work with every month. However, Shana wanted something for her daughter that she didn’t always have growing up: stability. Homeownership was her dream. After learning about her credit and being paired with a budget coach, Shana started to save to make the dream a reality. After months of hard work, Shana just closed on a two bedroom townhouse with the perfect fenced in back yard, in her dream neighborhood.

Shana says, “This milestone was exactly what I needed to feel more confident in my future. I am able to find a home I can afford and feel better knowing that while I am working and paying childcare, it is worth it because I am investing in something that will make my daughters future better.”

Shana’s story is one of many voices who have received assistance from a United Way of Frederick County program. You don’t have to go far to find someone affected by a United Way program. In fact 1 in 5 households in Frederick County are touched by one of their initiatives.

United Way pulls community resources to make lasting change the in areas of health, education and financial stability.

United Way of Frederick County partners with local non-profits, agencies, donors, volunteers, and residents to put our best foot forward to help our community thrive and for our neighbors live a more fulfilling life. UWFC doesn’t just put band aids on issues, they work together to provide long term solutions. UWFC initiatives tackle issues from bullying, human trafficking, to financial success.

Last year alone, United Way’s Stuff the Bus supplied over 7,500 Frederick County Public School students with the school supplies they need to start the year. UWFC’s volunteer center connected over 20,000 hours of volunteer work to the nonprofits that needed it most. Over 800 families received free income tax assistance provided by volunteers and this is only the tip of the iceberg of impact that their programs are providing our community.

United Way helps fund programs that already exist to help make them more impactful and accessible. The grants they give provide over $300,000 to different nonprofits to help with anything from dental cleanings for low income to supporting homeless FCPS students so that they can graduate high school.

With your help, United Way of Frederick County can work towards making Frederick County a great place for everyone, regardless of where they are today.

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