Three years ago, Raven Daniel was facing some pretty tough odds for a young girl.
As a junior at Wade Hampton, she became pregnant. The reality of facing motherhood at such a young age was made even more challenging when the pregnancy became high-risk, forcing her to leave school and stay home on bed rest.
But just when the outlook for a successful future for Raven seemed most bleak, United Way of Greenville County was there to help.
She credits the care and support she received from the United Way-funded Nurse Family Partnership program for not only getting her through the tough times and preparing her for motherhood, but also earning her high school degree and raise a healthy and precocious son, Tristan.
United Way donor-supported childcare scholarships are now making it possible for Tristan to attend a quality childcare program—laying the groundwork for his successful school years—while Raven works towards a more financially stable future by pursuing an associate degree from Greenville Technical College.
Today, the outlook is much brighter for Raven and Tristan. She dreams of one day owning her own boutique, maybe in one of Greenville’s trendy shopping districts, but wants nothing more than to see Tristan continue to build the Cycle of Success they’ve started.
“I know he’s on a great path and I think he’ll continue,” she said. “Our future is brighter because of Nurse-Family Partnership and United Way. It really has made a difference in our lives.”