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United Way Success Stories and Results

Your 2006-2007 Investment in Action:

Charles Smith

"My mother told me before she passed away, 'You can be anything you want to be, as long as you work hard for it.' I will carry those words in my head 'til the day I die and pass them on to my kids..."

Charles Smith's mother would be very proud of him today. His young life has come full circle from tragedy, loss and homelessness to a future filled with college plans, valuable computer skills, and a job helping others at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation.  read more »

Jesse Maloney

"They gave me the lock, they gave me the key, but I had to turn it."

Within a few years, Jesse Maloney has gone from being a high school dropout working odd jobs to securing a prestigious internship as a research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Material Sciences. How she got there is a story of perseverance, hope and the power of pursuing your own potential.  read more »

George Caponigro

"If you lost the most precious thing you have, how much more precious is it if you find it again?"

Today, George Caponigro lives for precious moments and the family that he thought he'd lost forever. In his cozy apartment, filled with photos of his grandchildren and the many recognitions he has received for his work as a homeless advocate, George
is a long way from the bench on Boston Common that he once called home.  read more »

Iris Nieves

"What I had envisioned- parents and teachers working together- is happening here. Now, when I'm at work, I don't get on edge every time my cell phone rings."

Every working parent knows the value of supportive, enriching child care. Iris Nieves' experience has taught her to appreciate it even more. "My first child care experience was not positive," Iris recalls. "At first, my daughters seemed to be doing well, but then, my oldest, Kristal, who was 3 1/2, didn't want to enter her classroom. She would scream and not want to separate from me. She would have tantrums, not verbalize her feelings, and even hit the teachers."  read more »