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Kids Pack Served As The First Step Towards A New Life

Kids Pack Served as the First Step Towards a New Life

In her own words

I am the mother of four beautiful children, Sofia, Ulises, Elias, and Ezperansa. My passion has always been to help people, but being a victim of domestic violence was a barrier that kept me from pursuing my dreams. I struggled through homelessness and domestic abuse and was saved by a detective who introduced me to 211 in 2012.

I remember calling United Way 211 several times and hanging up because I wanted to get through the situation on my own. My pride wouldn’t allow me to ask for help, but the day I stayed on the line…was the day I decided to move on.

Kids Pack was one of the many resources I gained through Inland Empire United Way. It was a great blessing to my children, but it also served as the first step toward a new life.

That was four years ago. Today, I’m proud to share that not only was I a recipient of 211’s services, but I am now privileged to advocate for others as a 211 Community Resource Advisor. Every day, I answer calls from families just like me who are going through difficult times, and help them find the assistance they need. There are times when I hear women in the same situation I faced who don’t know what to do. I’m now able to share my story, give hope, and provide strength.

I changed my situation with one call to 211, and Inland Empire United Way has created new possibilities for me and my children. Although I never imagined earning an education, through 211, I have gained a mentor and will be pursuing a degree in social work.

As a mom, I once felt like a failure…today my kids are happy and healthy. We have a stable life that we’ve never had in the past, and I can’t thank Inland Empire United Way enough. The motivation and support from this organization is indescribable, and it has made a huge impact on our lives.

Cynthia Torres

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We have joined forces with United Way of the Inland Valleys to form Inland SoCal United Way!

We have joined forces with United Way of the Inland Valleys to form Inland SoCal United Way!