Financial Stability

Over the past 20 years, the cost of living in the United States has increased by almost 90 percent, drastically outpacing income growth. To make ends meet, families are borrowing heavily and relying on high-cost alternatives to cover their daily living expenses.

The goal of United Way is to help hard-working families become financially stable and take the next steps toward long-term independence. Too many families in the United States are walking a financial tightrope - they are barely getting by, which leaves them with no resources to save for college, a home or retirement. We want to help transform that tightrope into solid ground by helping individuals and families gain the tools to increase their income, begin to save and purchase assets because financially stable people are more like to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies. 

The United Way of Pettis County provides funding and support to the following Agencies that focus on assisting with income stability:

Employment Assistance and Job Training

  • Pathway 2 Purpose:  Show Me Christian Youth Home

  • Empowering Pettis County:  Association for Person’s with Disability

  • Job Training and Opportunities:  CASA

Food, Shelter and Other Basic Needs

  • Disaster Services:  American Red Cross

  • Home Delivered Meals:  Meals on Wheels and Sedalia Senior Center

  • Homeless Services:  Pettis County Community Partnership

  • Buddy Pack Program:  Food Bank of Central and NE MO

  • Food Insecurity:  Open Door

  • Emergency Utilities and Rent Assistance:  American Red Cross and Open Door

  • Emergency Assistance for Military Personnel:  American Red Cross

  • Shelter & Food for Victims of Abuse:  CASA

Other ways United Way assists in improving financial stability is by partnering with the IRS and Tax Slayer so that every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free!  More information is available at  United Way has also partnered with SunTrust Foundation to help you find information to feel financially secure.  Go to: