Safety Net

Safety Net

“Poverty is a small word that weighs heavily on the shoulders of many of the Wabash Valley who make the impossible choice between paying rent and putting food on the table.”

The Challenge

Too many children and their hardworking parents know too well what it’s like to live without. Without food or a place to call home. Without a job that offers advancement opportunities. Without a doctor. Without the knowledge that college is an option. Without opportunity.

Many individuals and families living in our communities are walking a financial tightrope by barely surviving let alone trying to save for a home, college, or retirement. United Way is working to help provide a safety net to those with emergent needs.

Why it Matters

Poverty will touch the majority of Americans at some point during their lives, even if only for a few months.

The good news is that poverty is not a fixed state. Roughly half of those who reach the poverty level will get out within a year. Life can create an immediate need for assistance to a large section of our community. Sometimes a flat tire can cause a family to go without food. “Safety Net Services” are emergency services that are vital such as food, shelter, and clothing.

What We Are Doing

Our Safety Net impact council focuses on the continued support of these services in our community.  While not providing a long term solution to reducing the cycle of poverty, covering safety net needs is a vital first step on the pathway to success. It will remain as a solid base of support in our community while our councils will look at long-term root cause solutions.

Provide immediate and emergency assistance of vital needs such as food, shelter, and clothing.

2021 Safety Net Awards

American Red Cross – awarded $15,000 to provide disaster cycle services to help families facing disasters such as flood, tornado, or house-fire.

Brazil First United Methodist Church – awarded $12,000 for their Somethings Cooking Pantry Blessings which provides weekly meals and a pantry to local families.

Catholic Charities of Terre Haute – awarded $15,000 for their Bethany House which aids vulnerable individuals to meet basic needs of life and avoid homelessness.

Covered with Love – awarded $5,000 to provide disposable diapers, wipes and other baby hygiene products to families in need.

Family Support Services of West Central Indiana – awarded $20,000 to provide immediate and long-term help to victims and their dependents of domestic violence.

FSA Counseling – awarded $60,000 to provide preemptive programming and community resources.

Hamilton Center – awarded $5,990 to provide staff training to provide them with additional skills to help them assist clients struggling with pandemic-related stressors.

Kid Kare Project, Inc. – awarded $15,000 to provide items and financial assistance to children ages 0-18 in Parke, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

Manna from Seven – awarded $24,000 to provide food to needy individuals and families.

Mental Health America of West Central Indiana – awarded $51,260 to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) across the Wabash Valley.

Next Step Foundation – awarded $40,000 for their Vigo Parke Resource Response Team which is a partnership between Next Step and the Parke County Resource Center and will serve low-income families and individuals to meet their basic needs.

Terre Haute Meals on Wheels – awarded $56,903 to expand their meal delivery program and emergency food boxes to Brazil, IN.

The Avenues, Inc. – awarded $5,400 to help provide safe, affordable and health sober living environment for women in recovery.


The United Way of the Wabash Valley is a partner of Connect2Help211. Their mission is to facilitate connections between people who need help and those who can provide it. Through the easy-to- remember 2-1-1 dialing code, Connect2Help211 serves solely to promote self-sufficiency, change lives and, as a result, improve the quality of life in our communities. Last year, Connect2Help211 helped more than 300,000 callers, emailers and visitors on their website obtain basic needs (food, shelter, heat, etc.), legal assistance, or find help in fleeing domestic violence.

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