Thriving Through Crisis: Jessenia’s Story of Courage and Determination

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Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) stands as a beacon of hope for families facing adversity — including the storms that too often wreak havoc on our community. Jessenia’s journey with HFUW is a testament to the transformative power of community support during times of crisis. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Jessenia, accompanied by her then one-year-old son, found herself navigating through the chaos and devastation in Puerto Rico. With her son battling multiple health conditions, Jessenia’s situation was dire. However, amidst the turmoil, HFUW emerged as a lifeline of support. 

At Orlando International Airport’s Welcome Center, Jessenia encountered HFUW’s compassionate team. With open arms and unwavering dedication, HFUW provided Jessenia with vital resources and assistance, helping her navigate through the storm’s aftermath and begin rebuilding her life in Florida. 

“United Way was my first option at the airport, and I am so happy about that,” she remarked, underscoring the profound impact of community support during times of crisis. 

Jessenia’s story serves as a poignant reminder of HFUW’s unwavering commitment to empowering families through crisis. 

Together, we can make a difference and build a more resilient community for all. Join us in empowering families like Jessenia’s through crisis. Support HFUW’s efforts and be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of those in need.