Katina is an ALICE
Katina wakes up in the morning and takes her three children to school, earlier than most, to ensure they get to eat breakfast. Katina has peace of mind knowing her children won’t go hungry today as she makes her way to work as a corrections officer.
“When I was married I stayed home with the children. When I divorced, I was hard pressed to find a job. I took what I could get to bring in money.”
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed person. Katina represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to fully afford the necessities of housing, food, health care and transportation. She is employed and receives child support for her three children, but still struggles financially.
“Being a mom is hard. Being a mom raising kids alone, is even harder.”
In Florida, 40 percent of low-income working families are led by women. ALICE households, such as Katina’s, hold jobs, pay taxes, and provide services that are vital to the Florida economy.
Katina was referred to JFS Orlando by a friend participating in the Family Stabilization Program. Once enrolled in the 6 month intensive case management program, Katina learned career and life skills such as job search tactics and how to create (and stick to) a budget.
“The classes gave me the know-how on what’s out there. The resources I was given are amazing. I had no idea there were so many opportunities for me.”
Katina knows that there is still work to do to improve her situation. Technology is always being upgraded and she knows that she needs to sharpen her skills in order to get a better paying job.
“I heard about the computer lab opening up at JFS Orlando. While I know the basics of working a computer, I’m not really good at it. I can see where classes will be a benefit.”
JFS Orlando knows that mental health also plays an extremely important role in the overall well-being of individuals and families. In addition to the workshop classes, Katina was provided with counseling to help her deal with the stress associated with being a single parent and child rearing.
Her family was also provided with food and rental assistance so Katina could focus on improving her situation and could sleep better knowing there would be a roof over their heads and food on the table. Katina is a proud and humble person. She learned it was okay to ask for help.
People come to JFS Orlando during the most trying times in their lives. JFS Orlando provides a holistic array of services in an effort to wrap our arms around our community’s most vulnerable citizens. All services are offered to those in need regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or any other demographics. JFS Orlando’s goal is to repair the world one person at a time.
Katina is an ALICE. Katina is your neighbor.
Katina’s family represents the thousands of families JFS Orlando helped this past year. Please continue to allow us this honor to serve them and repair the world one person at a time.