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Meet Ethan and Erykah

The high school seniors were expecting a baby together but had nothing they needed to raise an infant. 

Ethan and Erykah were both navigating finishing high school and trying to prepare for their child when they reached out to a school their iGrad Coach, Christy Eubanks, who connected them with the Student Support Line.

 United Way’s Student Support Line is a partnership with BCSC that allows educators to make one call that connects them with services a student may need from food to medication. Ethan and Erykah needed assistance with basic supplies to help them raise their child while they finished high school. 

United Way connected with Dorel, which outfitted Ethan and Erykah with what they needed. Dorel’s generosity provided the young family with a mattress, car seat, play yard, high chair, and a walker. Erykah was also able to plug into Human Services while pregnant. This connection was a lifeline, ensuring that once their baby arrived, they wouldn’t have to worry about childcare expenses. 

Early Head Start would provide everything the baby needed during care, from diapers and wipes to formula. These gifts alleviated a significant burden, allowing them to focus on their education and upcoming parenthood without the stress of financial strain. United Way of Bartholomew County leads the social services sector to ensure everyone in Bartholomew County has what they need to reach their full potential.