Success Stories

Our Way of Words

Nervous hands accompanied fearless voices filled the room as we all listened to stories of love, life, and hurt from two of Savannah’s young authors. These Deep kids shared with nearly 1,200 people at our United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Campaign Kick-Off the essence of our mission—the human experience. Our community is united through […]

A Healing Home

Homeless is not hopeless in Savannah, Georgia. Yolanda Brown and her two sons are a testament of the united support found in our community through United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Independent Housing Collaborative program (IHC). Yolanda Brown returned to her hometown of Savannah after she faced unemployment in Atlanta with hopes of starting over. […]

Mama Joyce

After a minute with Joyce Moore, it’s easy to see why she was called “Mama Joyce” by her fellow Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) participants. Her nurturing spirit and warm smile make everyone with whom she engages feel loved and accepted instantly. Step Up Savannah’s CAP combines job-readiness training, financial counseling, one-on-one career placement assistance and […]

Done Right

Albert Jernigan is a single father of two children, one of which has special needs. Like so many individuals in our community, Albert had trouble finding employment.  For awhile, he felt like there was nowhere for him to turn.  His days were filled with worries and frustrations. Albert then learned about United Way in Effingham […]

It Is Not The Situation That Defines You

“Blessed, relieved, happy, excited,” these are the words Deletis Spruill uses to describe her feelings upon entering her very own apartment after months of shuffling from place to place. An Army veteran and mother of five school-age children, Deletis had come to find herself in need of housing and other supportive services as she sought […]

A Network of Angels

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a network to save a family.  Just ask Wynette Russell, because she would know. After Wynette found herself and her two children without a place to live, she did what any mother would; she got creative.  Wynette kept her family together by staying with […]

The Power of One Friend

A strong mentor and role model can change a child’s life, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire was founded with this solution in mind. Sometime adults are afraid to mentor a child for fear that they do not have anything to offer, but all it takes is one common interest to spark […]


You are now aware that You are breathing. And that your clothes are touching your skin You just realize that there are things all around you And you are now aware of other things Like every time you swallow, you hear a tiny crackle. And your ears are a little cold You now are aware […]

Transportation: More Than Just A Ride

In times of crisis, every little expense or worry can seem like a huge weight. Eartha, a 42 year old mother of four, felt this burden after she and her children were left homeless when the family they were living with gave them one day to move out. Having nowhere else to turn, Eartha went […]


In August of 2011, Kenneth Smalls was released from prison, having spent the previous 12 years serving time for stealing $50 – a crime he says he did not commit.  In fact, so sure was he that he couldn’t be convicted of a crime for which he was not guilty, Kenneth took his chances with […]

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