Personal Testimonies

Petty Third Class Private Barker of the Central Iowa Sea Cadets

Dave & Judy Adland

Big Brothers Big Sisters:

"The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has helped me to obtain a lifelong mentor.  I've known my Big since I was in first grade. When I was younger, she helped me experience things that I otherwise might not have been able to. As I got older, she encouraged me to join and continue doing school activities and now that I am a senior she is encouraging me to go to college.  She has offered to take me on college visits. She stepped in whenever and however she could. This not only helped me through difficult times with family but she also offered support to my mother as well. Even though my mother and I are close it is extremely beneficial to my well being to have another adult I can talk to and get support from."  Diana E.

Al Éxito:

"Helped change my mindset about college and what I want to do." - Jesse C.

"Know and see opportunities available here in Marshalltown." Natalie states she is very grateful for the support of United Way. -  Natalie A.

"Helped with my mindset. I want to make sure everyone shares and their ideas and uses their voice to speak out in Al Éxito. With the help of our funders we are going to make change in our community and work hard...." - Deanna H.

"Definitely helped me with thinking on how we can make a change. It challenges me to think beyond what I want because I know I don't have all the answers and Al Éxito really pushes me to think long and hard about it. I would like United Way to know that we really appreciate that they've opened up a safe space for kids to let them know that you shouldn't be ashamed of your culture and instead embrace it to the fullest." - Esmeralda G.

"Changed the way of seeing my future." - Naydelin R.

"Helped me meet more people. I really like Al Éxito and that it helps people." - Lynette M.

YSS of Marshall County:

"With his stability and dedication to making his life better than it had been he continued to work on himself. Recently he transferred from the Transitional Living Program to the Rapid Re-Housing program. In the Rapid Re-Housing, he was able to find an apartment and sign a lease. The Rapid Re-Housing program helped him with rent and deposit. He will continue to get case management and help with rent for the next year." - Transitional Housing Program

Iowa River Hospice:

"My father got the best care at hospice. My brothers and myself felt cared for also. Thank you!" - Anonymous

"There is support for you in the Grief Support System at Iowa  River Hospice... Your loved one does not need to have been in their service prior to their death. Their social workers are trained to support you through your grief process when you are ready whether it be six weeks or later. At the support meeting you share confidentially as you are comfortable, and those in attendance will share too as you learn from each other.  You are NOT ALONE" - Joann N.

"There are no words to express how much the care, compassion and expertise of the hospice staff brought peace to our family. We were blessed to have this hospice" - Anonymous