Thriving Adults & Families

Adults and families are financially secure and independent

Adults and Families are Financially Secure and Independent


Our region’s residents are afforded the opportunity to achieve their full potential and are bolstered during tough times by access to human services.


  • Individuals and families have what they need, from life-sustaining basic needs to savings and other assets, to help them weather financial shocks and avoid or overcome poverty.
  • Working families build financial management, workforce and career planning skills to advance in the labor market and build a strong future.
  • People secure and maintain stable, affordable housing.
  • Survivors of domestic violence are safely housed and gain financial security.
  • People secure health care services for optimal health and productivity (including primary, mental, substance abuse, dental and other supports).
  • Older adults and individuals with disabilities access the supports they need to maximize independence.

Our Work

Strengthening Financial Stability

Financial Opportunity Center Network

Coaching low-income, struggling adults and families to move past crisis-driven decision-making and into long-range financial stability by job placement and retention, increasing net income and net worth and improving credit scores. United Way’s co-convener is Greater Kansas City LISC.

Family Stability Initiative

Designed to reduce student homelessness and mobility by strengthening family financial stability, this two-generation approach is built on human service case management and partnership with the child’s school district.

Next Step KC

Making region-wide free tax preparation available to build the financial stability and economic development produced by tax credits. United Way’s collaborative lead partner is Next Step KC.

Income and Asset Development

Adult Basic Education

Basic Needs Safety Net: Emergency Assistance/Case Management Programs

Housing and Homelessness

Domestic and Sexual Violence

Health Care Access: Primary Care, Dental Care and Mental Health Programs

Maximizing Independence: Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

United Way 2-1-1

Connecting people across the life cycle with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to community services with targeted resources including:

  • Veterans Navigator & Alliance: Helping veterans return home to the services they need
  • Older Adult Call Specialist: Helping seniors and their families find appropriate services

Allergy-friendly food pantry makes special diets more accessible

The main barrier to improved health outcomes for low-income individuals diagnosed with food allergies and celiac disease is access to affordable, safe food alternatives.

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Living a dream, thanks to United Way's LAUNCH program

Growing up, Will Medina never thought his dream of going to college or pursuing music as a career would be possible. As the child of immigrants, he and his family faced many challenges during his youth.

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When Maggie Moore’s three-year-old son, Isaac, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in 2016, the prescribed treatment was an overnight change in his diet —a significant and costly change.

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From the cycle of instability to independence

“I was at work one day and I got a phone call from my sister saying ‘Sherrell, they’re shooting up the house.’”

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Kathy David

Kathy's Story

Kathy David's health problems could have been the end of the road. But a nearby United Way-funded health clinic offered her a new beginning.

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