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November 7, 2013

One Family Changed

by PBUnitedWay

Today, Roxanne and Jairo Palacios live for precious moments and the family that they could have lost forever.  In their new apartment, Roxanne and Jairo are a long way from the van they called “home”. 

Hard times hit Roxanne and Jairo, when they lost their jobs within weeks of one another. Bills quickly began to pile up, and it wasn’t long before they were evicted from their home. Now homeless, they piled their three children into a van searching for a safe place to sleep. After driving around most of the night, they pulled into a Kmart parking lot where there were bright lights and the family was out of harm’s way.

Can you imagine what it is like to be a parent, hearing one of your three children crying in the middle of the night telling you, “Mommy, I want to sleep in a bed”? These are words a parent should never have to hear.  Roxanne had to turn her head so her daughter would not see her wipe the tears from her eyes.  Thankfully, the police found the family sleeping in their van, and referred them to the Pat Reeves Emergency Shelter, a program run through The Center for Family Services.

The Pat Reeves Emergency Shelter, funded in part by the Town of Palm Beach United Way was the turning point for this family and other families with similar stories.  At Pat Reeves Village the family received more than food and shelter, they received counseling, budgeting class, tutoring class for their children, and assistance with job placement.

Your support of the community through the Town of Palm Beach United Way helps us to focus on lasting change, not charity, which requires looking at the whole person or family – and we do this by taking a good look at the problems facing our community and funding organizations like the Center for Family Services.

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has been a part of the solution by investing more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors like you. Although the needs since 1945 have changed, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is still helping people who struggle with hunger, homelessness, job loss, abuse, mental illness, and more.  To find out more about the Town of Palm Beach United Way visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   On behalf of the community that we serve, THANK YOU for the difference you make. 

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