United Way Campaign

The numbers are in for the grand total of the United Way of the Big Bend's fundraising campaign, and the money will be used to change many lives.

The Brehon House is a place where pregnant women can seek shelter, a place that's heaven sent to its residents.

Stacey Thomas, a resident, says, "Without the donations I probably wouldn't be where I am right now, donations of maternity clothes, regular clothes, baby clothes and different items like that."

The eight-bedroom home provides transitional housing and parent education to help stabilize families.

Many people may not even be aware of the Brehon House. The house was first opened in 1992 in a rented location, and now it's currently sitting on Linda Ann Drive. Brehon officials say if it weren't for the United Way of the Big Bend, it would not be able to provide its services.

Jackie Malone, the executive director of the Brehon Institute, says, "This helps us buy diapers, buy cleaning supplies, helps us access services for them and helps them get started on a new path."

And more help is on the way. The United Way of the Big Bend announced its campaign total Tuesday. It raised $6.156 million.

Ken Armstrong, the president of the United Way of the Big Bend, says, "This is a big celebration. We get to wrap up the whole campaign, recognize all of the givers, all of the volunteers. It's just a hallelujah!”

The money will be distributed among certified agencies of the United Way of the Big Bend, providing life changing services to people throughout the area, like the residents of the Brehon House.