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Meet Keiri!


August 9, 2019 marked 2 years since Keiri Suárez was in a life-altering car accident.


The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down and her only movement is through facial expressions. Keiri has a ventilator attached to her wheelchair so she can breathe. 

Because of the sensitivity of the equipment, it cannot get wet.


Through United Way’s Community Solutions program, we were able to  reach out to our Community Partner, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dalton, and set up a volunteer project to build

the Suárez family a carport so that Keiri could get to her doctor’s appointments. “This seemingly small addition will give Keiri more freedom and a better quality of life,” stated Keiri’s mother, Sandra.


Even though the accident definitely changed Keiri’s aspirations, she never lost her will to complete goals like getting her GED and finishing high school.

Keiri has also created new goals for herself. Someday she wants to be in schools advocating for safer driving and letting people know they aren’t the only ones on the road.

United Way stabilizes families in crisis by supporting programs in basic needs.
A gift of $25 per week to United Way will provide one month of utilities for eight families.


Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

5,734 individuals were able to reduce their long-term need for food, housing, or utility assistance through life skills education and financial counseling

35 individuals were provided with repairs or improvements to their home

Give today and change lives


Basic Needs Strategic Guideline:

  Reduce the long term need for food, housing, and utility assistance through life skills education and financial counseling.


Your gift will:

Provide shelter for families facing homelessness

Help those coping with disasters and house fires

Feed homebound elderly

Provide shelter and life skills for individuals rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse