Lynne Liberato in e-Perspectives: Collaborative Program Finds Financial Pathways for Houston Families


Over the past five years, many Houston families have made strides toward attaining financial stability through a community effort launched and led by the United Way of Greater Houston.

The program, known as United Way THRIVE, is a collaboration of 21 nonprofit agencies providing comprehensive services to help Houston families find the path to financial stability. The collaboration began in July 2008 with a goal of extending its reach each year to 100,000 families by 2020; this year to date, it has touched 52,000...

Attorney Lynne Liberato, partner at Haynes and Boone LLP and chair of United Way THRIVE’s council, says she has seen the difference United Way THRIVE has made in people’s lives. “It goes beyond the day-to-day routine to the evolution of being able to live the American Dream,” she says. “It’s what most everyone wants: a s,afe neighborhood, good job and a future for their children.” United Way THRIVE partner Stephan Fairfield of Covenant Community Capital likewise says that United Way THRIVE “allows people to see that their dreams can come true.”

The program demonstrates trust, reputation and relationship to the Houston community, Liberato says. She characterizes it as “1+1=5”: By using a holistic approach encompassing social services, education and the community, United Way THRIVE creates an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Excerpted from e-Perspectives, December 3, 2013. To view full article, click here.


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