“Each day, it seems I have to re-invent the best way to care for Mom,” said Beth, whose mother has Alzheimer’s Disease. But with the help of some United Way-funded support programs for caregivers, Beth says she has “new hope and promise that Alzheimer’s Disease will not mean the end of me.” The Alzheimer’s Association REACH program has shown Beth how to cope with her mother’s steady decline and how to care for both her mother and herself.
Tish grew up in a low-income neighborhood with her mother and two siblings. Her mother, a single parent, worked three jobs to support them. Tish knew all along that she would do her best to break the cycle of poverty. She went to college and did everything she knew how to do to change the future for her five children. Her kids were not going to grow up in a low-income neighborhood as she had done.
“I wanted to change my financial picture so it wouldn’t look like my mother’s,” said Tish. “A lot of times there are obstacles. Wanting my kids to grow up in the suburbs and not in low-income housing caused me to live beyond my means, and that is where a lot of my financial hardships came from.”
Nedra Robinson, Deputy Director for State Representative Ramon Romero, recently signed her daughter up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,
a national program sponsored locally by United Way of Tarrant County that mails free books every month to the homes of enrolled children up to age 5.
Coincidentally, the first book her three-year-old daughter, Jireh, received was one of the first books Nedra herself had received when she was just a year old.
“I was beyond excited when my daughter received ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” Nedra said. “I immediately searched for my copy at my parents’ house.
My mother had written my full name and age (age one-and-a-half) in the front cover.” Now Jireh has her own copy.