Behind the veneer of a seemingly strong economy, conditions for millions of American families have gotten much worse. An increase in cost of living and stagnant wage increases set the stage for an unprecedented dual economic and health crisis that the global community weathered over the past turbulent year+ in a pandemic world.
Enter ALICE. ALICE educates our children, takes care of our loved ones, assists us at the grocery store, and helps us maintain our homes. Nearly 40% of Connecticut households are ALICE households: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These hard working, full time employed households earn above the Federal Poverty Level, eliminating their ability to receive subsidies, yet the cost of living in our state consistently outpaces what they earn. Our friends at the Waterbury Regional Chamber, have selected the United Way of Greater Waterbury as their Not for Profit of Choice. The United Way aims to help families and individuals become financially stable and reach their full potential, through training, educational opportunities and income supports. The organization works hard to bring awareness to the reality of these hard-working households, who despite full time employment, still live paycheck to paycheck, resulting in vulnerabilities in meeting basic needs such as secure housing, healthy food, quality childcare, transportation and adequate medical care.
Making Tough Choices Daily. We invite you to walk a mile in Alice’s shoes.
Here you will experience some of the tough choices that ALICE households need to make every single day and learn about the commitment United Way has made to help ALICE families: http://www.makingtoughchoices.org/
Please mark your calendar for Tuesday June 29th at 11 a.m., for our next session of StraightTalk. Diversity & Inclusion: Unbundling the Social Determinants of Health.
This program is brought to you by BlueBack Health in partnership with Centivo, the United Way of Greater Waterbury and our colleagues from Charter Oak State College.
As Eric repositions BlueBack Health for this new future, he is building a glistening team of dynamic thinkers, innovators, and influencers–each of whom are productively devoting their lives to make life better for all of us. Eric and his team are all in, and he invites you to join them.