“Everything was at risk.”

Angelica Hatchew was having trouble making ends meet while she was on early maternity leave for health reasons from her job at Lyons Industries in Dowagiac. Five months pregnant and with two other children, she was afraid of losing her home. That’s when she met Nancy Miller, a success coach at The LINK, a program at United Way-funded partner Kinexus. “She was my backbone,” Angelica says.

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On-the-go service stops hunger in tracks

Arlene, 77, lives a happy, active life, surrounded by loved ones, in Cassopolis. But she is one of many struggling with food insecurity in Cass County. Seniors are especially vulnerable to food insecurity. In the service area of Feeding America West Michigan, a United Way-funded program, about 46,800 seniors are food insecure.

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Healthy transformation for Covert corner store

Laura is busy—as a single mom of five, she needs to find ways to save time. Her employer, the Citgo Station in Covert, is helping her and its customers in the area to do just that—and eat healthier to boot. With the help of Be Healthy Berrien, a collective impact initiative supported by United Way, the Covert Citgo is undergoing a healthy corner store transformation.

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