Three years ago, Rebecca found herself newly divorced and homeless with her three children. She and her kids lived out of suitcases, moving from one friend’s home to the next. With only a low-paying job, she felt that home ownership was a dream, something that was not a possibility for her family. Then she learned about the Valley of the Sun United Way-funded “First Time Homebuyer Program” through Community Services of Arizona, and skeptically decided to enroll. During her first group session, Rebecca learned that there were many others in situations like hers, and that purchasing a home was actually within her reach. She felt empowered and experienced a renewed sense of hope for her family.
By the time she finished the education course, her confidence soared. She qualified for a 30-year mortgage, and received down payment and closing cost assistance from Community Services of Arizona. Her family is now settled into their home, and for the first time, her children have a room of their own. Last year alone, Valley of the Sun United Way invested more than $6 million in programs that help build stronger, safer neighborhoods, while providing families and individuals with the education and skills necessary to become better parents and better partners.