United Way of Broward County Partners With Hispanic Unity of Florida to Help Unemployed Couple
United Way of Broward County’s funded partner, Hispanic Unity of Florida, came to us about their client, Ivelisse, who previously worked hard with their Center for Working Families to find a job. She diligently went through workforce training and resume-building workshops and even had a business coach. She ultimately received a job with a school, tutoring math, reading and social studies to students from second grade through high school.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ivelisse lost her job – and just at the same time her husband lost his job in the hospitality industry. The couple, who have two children, were left without any income to pay for rent and other household necessities.
Ivelisse and her husband each filed for unemployment, but were waiting for word they had been approved. In the meantime, she contacted Hispanic Unity of Florida to see what resources she and her family might be eligible for. A case worker provided them with a resource tool kit and information about the closest United Way of Broward County Project Lifeline food pantry and helped her apply for SNAP benefits. Hispanic Unity then coordinated financial rental assistance from United Way of Broward County’s COVID-19 Campaign fund and provided her with a financial coach to work on budgeting their expenses.
Ivelisse and her family are just one of the thousands of families depending on United Way of Broward County financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic started impacting Broward County, 211 Broward has received more than 2,600 calls from those looking for food resources. In addition, nearly 3,500 people have called for financial assistance.
United Way is partnering with 13 providers in the community, including Hispanic Unity of Florida, to distribute their emergency financial assistance, including assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, food, transportation and household supplies -- as well as to provide assistance with SNAP benefits and food stamps, financial coaching and more.
As for Ivelisse, she says both United Way of Broward County and Hispanic Unity of Florida have helped her immensely with rent, food and job opportunities. She recently went to a virtual job fair and was able to schedule several interviews. Watch Ivelisse share her story on the CW here.
If you and your family are in need, call 211 Broward by dialing 211.
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