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“SparkPoint has been an intentional way to bridge financial stability and affordable housing.”

During Barbara’s visit we were particularly inspired by the story of Dana, a client from SparkPoint Solano. The tireless learner gravitated to the SparkPoint Center during a time of transition as he and his wife recently adopted his 10 year-old niece, and they were still reeling from the loss of their house during the recession.

“Adopting my niece gave me a sense of urgency to learn new skills,” he said.

Dana recognized the importance of building a steady economic and emotional foundation in order to raise his niece. He looked to the SparkPoint Center for guidance on repairing his credit, saving his hard-earned money, and communicating effectively with his niece.

Through SparkPoint, Dana enrolled in workshops on parent communication skills, stress reduction techniques, and financial literacy. Dana devoted several hours every week to the program, and he reaped what he sowed.

“Thanks to SparkPoint, I learned how to better communicate with my children,” he said. “I even had a chance to start building my livelihood back as I’m improving my credit so that I can purchase a home again someday – realistically within the next year!”

United Way is proud of our partner agencies providing valuable services to families at our SparkPoint Centers. We are especially grateful for the ongoing partnership of the Siemer Institute and its commitment to intergenerational
family stability.