Thanks to You

Zsolt found the help he and his son needed.

Like any loving father, Zsolt Luka works tirelessly to succeed in the biggest role of his life: raising his two-and-a-half-year-old son, Tivadar. But, if lone parenting isn’t difficult enough, Zsolt realized that Tivadar was struggling with severe language delays, affecting his learning and his life. Zsolt had nowhere to turn. “I was lost,” he says.

Unfortunately, for too many reasons, thousands of kids fall through the cracks in terms of development, leaving parents to their own devices (and deductions) to set the path straight. But, Zsolt was lucky: he found a United Way–funded agency that offered the assistance he desperately sought. “They helped me find a speech pathologist and other help Tivadar needed,” he says. “They helped me refocus myself as a dad.”

This is just one of the ways that United Way, thanks to your generosity, helps children like Tivadar get a better start in life. Zsolt and other parents are gaining techniques and tools to better encourage their children’s success, from doing well in school to growing into independent adults. At the same time, United Way agencies become vital hubs for neighbourhood families—for gathering, learning, and connecting with other residents.

How vital? Zsolt sums it up accordingly: “My son is a lively, vibrant, happy child. He’s made dramatic progress. In the past year and a half, he’s basically caught up three years—as if he’s turbo charged!”

And, speaking of turbo charged, Dad’s a little better off and a whole lot happier, too.

Thanks to your generous support, United Way ensures that kids, like Tivadar, grow up to be all that they can be.

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