Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way and our agencies are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth.

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.

  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.

  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.

  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.

See the Change in the Kearney Area...

  • 1,721 children participated in CARE’s I’m in Charge, Bullying and Happy Bear Presentations.

  • 3,650 infants and children received immunizations, medical, and dental care.

  • Phelps/Harlan Co. CASA helped to close 21 children’s cases last year.

  • 22 children were helped by Kearney Co. CASA in 2011.

  • 4,387 children’s health was improved due to proper nutrition.

  • 84% of S.A.F.E Center clients attending support groups state that they know more ways to plan for safety, they know more about available community resources and they are more hopeful about their futures.

  • The ARC of Buffalo County served 252 individuals with disabilities last year.

  • Last year, the Ft. Kearney Red Cross chapter responded to 35 fires, provided emergency needs for 190 individuals, and helped bring 44 serviceman home due to family emergencies.

    Overcoming Obstacles
    abuseIt started the night of our honeymoon. Looking back, there were signs before but I didn’t have the knowledge to recognize it and maybe I just didn’t want to face it. That night, my new husband starting yelling at me because he felt that I had been flirting with another man at our table during dinner. He became enraged, and as I cowered in the corner he got angrier and started hitting me. I returned from our honeymoon with bruises on my back and arms.

    After that, things calmed down for a while but he still used subtle ways to control me like checking my cell phone, listening in on phone conversations and having to know where I was at all times. I felt like I was always being watched.

    We then had a child and soon after that my husband became jealous of the attention I gave to our child, lashing out at me verbally and physically. It felt as if I couldn’t do anything right. I tried to find any excuse to get my child and I out of the house as there was an argument every night. Soon he started preventing me from going anywhere by taking my keys and hiding the phones. I felt so isolated but I didn’t want to tell anyone because I felt as if I had failed at this marriage.

    One day at work, we had a presentation by the S.A.F.E Center and they spoke about what an abusive relationship looked like; it looked just like mine. I then realized that there was hope and that I had a choice. I called them one day while at work and I started meeting with the staff there to figure out how I could get things set up to leave safely. They helped me with the whole process; from figuring out what to take with me, filling out a protection order, to looking for housing while I was in shelter and providing a support group where I could talk with other women who had similar experiences. domestic violence

    They’ve always been there to listen and not judge, no matter how down I felt about my life. My son and I got out and while it was a struggle, we are finally living with less fear and more freedom. I want everyone to know that they don’t have to live with abuse, there is help available and it will make a world of difference.

    -Survivor, age 36.