Hodges is part of a growing number of people who are what United Way describes with the acronym ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). This sector of the community makes too much money to qualify for benefits under federal poverty guidelines, but not enough to cover the basic costs of living. This traps them in the gap between assistance and self-sufficiency.
United Way and volunteers with its Women United program are working to change the odds for families on the edge of crisis.
Hodges’ first trip in her new car was to visit a friend at DePaul Hospital. Before hitting the road, she had to familiarize herself with the bells and whistles in an unfamiliar vehicle. Elijah gave her an onsite tutorial in the United Way parking lot.
As she got to know her new ride, a jubilant Hodges exclaimed, “I’m on top of the world! But I’ve never driven a car that doesn’t have a key!”