Lawrence Gregory had fallen on hard times. Although he’d earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources years before, things didn’t work out the way he’d planned. The father of four was working as a cashier at a gas station. “I was stuck in a rut, with a dead-end job, no insurance and without any raises. I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere.”
Vickie was nearing the end of her work day at a busy corporate call center in Omaha when she became dizzy and collapsed. The rescue squad rushed her to the hospital, where doctors determined she’d had a stroke. The medical care, new medication and lots of rest helped her recover – but with a month away from work, she knew there was no way to make the rent payment.
Felissa worked hard to support her daughters – working the night shift at a warehouse. There was a lot of lifting, and overtime hours that helped on payday, but it left little room for family-time. She wanted something better for herself and her girls, so she signed up for a workplace boot camp, a United Way-supported program at Urban League of Nebraska. She worked all night, and attended the three-week boot camp during the day.
Six year-old David Biggs fell off a stool at home, and loosened three of his teeth. The first thing his grandmother, Judy, thought of was the mobile dental lab that was stationed at Kellom Elementary, where she works. In fact, David was one of the Tooth Mobile’s first patients.
Life had somehow lead Hosea away from his children. Eventually, he ended up homeless, bouncing between the homes of relatives and friends and finally, to shelters. But he made an important decision – he wanted to find a stable place to live, and try to regain custody of the kids.
Alae’s mother was worried about her daughter’s school future. She had trouble focusing on a task for very long, and she was a “follower.” She had even started lying about little things. But things started to change when Alae’s mom signed her up at the Ruth K. Solomon Girls Center at Heartland Family Service.