Ken was married with two children and worked a great job, slowly making his way up the corporate ladder. Everything seemed to be going well, when one day, his wife left. He wasn’t worried at first, he had a good paying job, so he was able to support his two children, but then the recession hit, and he was laid off.
Ken struggled to find another job and ended up pumping gas for only $8.25 an hour. At a monthly income of just $1,000, Ken was able to pay for rent and babysitting costs, but there was no money left for food. With a baby just three months old, and a toddler, Ken felt he was failing them.
One day, a neighbour took Ken, and his kids, to a United Way supported food bank. He was able to feed and clothe his children, and that day left a significant mark on his life.
Ken is now in the position to be there for people like him, and has donations taken off his paycheque on a weekly basis. He also offers the services of his personal business for any United Way events.
“I honestly don’t know where my children and I would have been if it hadn’t been for United Way,” he says.