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The road to financial freedom

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Tyeishia was living in her car with her 2-year-old daughter when she learned of NewBridge, a United Way-funded Cleveland agency offering free tuition for a health care certification. She says the journey was tough, but her success story is a powerful example of someone who is working her way up in the world – with a little help from United Way and you.

“I was homeless, living house-to-house with my 2-year-old daughter,” she said. “I lived in my car.”

A chance encounter on an elevator with a woman carrying a brochure for FrontLine alerted Tyeishia to an opportunity to earn a certificate in phlebotomy. NewBridge uses a combination of high-tech gadgetry, compelling classes, and caring adults to help youth explore the arts and pursue their education in high school and beyond. Students are typically referred to NewBridge by teachers or other mentors. Classes are free, but students are required to maintain a good record of attendance and behavior.

“This program literally saved my life,” Tyeishia said. “I did not know I was as string as I was, and as smart as I was, until I went through this program. If programs like NewBridge weren’t free to the public, with help from United Way, I don’t know what I would have done.”
Since obtaining her full-time job, Tyeishia has found her own apartment, purchased a car and said she “can breathe again” financially.

“To the people who are giving, thank you,” she said. “They don’t understand what they do to help. I have a solid career I can always fall back on and real stability. Thank you, United Way!”

In 2015, 92 percent of those employed through United Way of Greater Cleveland programs retained their jobs for at least 90 days.

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