Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Mary was recently divorced, working part time, looking for full time work. Her power was due to be shut off on the very day she came to MOM to meet with a case manager. She had $200 which she was planning to use to buy groceries for herself and her child with multiple disabilities. With the promise that she could use MOM’s food pantry as much as needed, she was able to use the grocery money to make a utility payment, and combined with a small grant from MOM, it was enough to cancel the disconnect order that very day.
According to the United Way of Dane County’s 2014 ALICE report (Asset-limited, income-constrained, employed), 46% of Madison and 38% of Middleton households qualify as either living in poverty or fitting ALICE requirements.
These individuals and families are just an accident, illness, or job loss away from hunger and homelessness. MOM’s Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, Housing and Utility Assistance, Good Samaritan program, Back to School, seasonal programs and other supports, help them make it through the tough times and continue to hope for a better future.
As one MOM client wrote, in gratitude: “Sometimes simply maintaining a subsistence-level existence takes everything you have. When you fall into that deep, dark place, you realize that how anyone arrives there is irrelevant to finding your way out. What does matter is giving people a reason to believe they can change their circumstances, and the means to change their lives, find a sense of purpose and restore their personal dignity. MOM does that.”
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