What is the ALICE Story?

  • More than 4 out of 10 of our neighbors and friends are working hard but cannot meet all of their basic needs
  • This story explains a great need that is prevalent in our community
  • These individuals are invisible, yet we encounter them everyday-neighbors, co-workers or family members
  • These individuals hold jobs that are critical to the success of our communities – child care workers, laborers and movers, home health aides, heavy truck drivers, store clerks, repair workers and office assistants- yet, they struggle to make ends-meet

United Way of Southwestern Indiana is proud to unveil the first statewide ALICE Report; a data-driven, comprehensive research project that tells the story of hard-working people in Indiana. The fact is that a signifcant number of Southwestern Indiana households can’t afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation, despite being employed with one or more jobs. This is the ALICE story.

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How is United Way changing the ALICE story?

  • United Way of Southwestern Indiana’s focus, is shifting to not only giving people a fish, but teaching those indviduals in need “how to fish”
  • United Way is uniquely positioned to convene the resources, the organizations necessary to impact aspects of their lives, especially in the areas of education, income and health.
  • This is an opportunity with more than one solution to improve lives in our community. It will take policy makers, educators, business and social service agencies uniting together to change the ALICE story.

Our ultimate goal is to change the story for those in need and put them on the path to self-sufficiency.

Changing the ALICE story benefits the entire community. It benefits the individuals and families in need, it provides employers with a healthy, educated, available work force. It also provides the community with a reduction of support dollars that can be used elsewhere.