Together We Can

Family impacted by adversity finds success through Urban League

My name is Eric Smiley and this is my wife Sharon. We visited the Urban League of Palm Beach County (ULPBC) on January 23, 2018 for assistance with our severe mortgage issue. We were four months behind on our mortgage with our lender, as well as other bills. Our hardships were a result of my incarceration; to make matters worse my wife also suffered a reduction in work hours just around the same time. We were $3,700 past due on the mortgage and needed quick relief. We met with Mrs. Antoinette McGrath, ULPBC Housing Counselor, who completed a financial assessment and determined the Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability would be our best option to assist with our mortgage issue. Mrs. McGrath contacted the County and was informed that funding was available to assist our family. We picked up the application and our counselor worked with us to complete it and put the documents in order for submission. The counselor contacted our lender to inform them that we had an application in review for mortgage assistance with the Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability. Several months later following multiple counseling sessions and ongoing communications, the County was able to reinstate our past due mortgage in the amount of $11,962 and $3,038 to cover three months of additional mortgage payments. Mrs. McGrath also referred us to Helping Hands where I attended school and received my CDL license as a truck driver, while waiting on a position. I am excited to announce that I am currently working as an UBER driver. Today, our mortgage is current and we are looking forward to a successful future. I want to express how thankful I am to the Urban League of Palm Beach County because they gave me the ability to believe in myself. “I AM NOW EMPOWERED“ to accomplish any goals for myself and my family.

Over the past 12 months, the community members served have been more challenged than ever. The ULPBC in the past 45 years has risen to the occasion to help those in need.

Yes, we were able to accomplish a great deal over the past year (please Click Here to view our Annual Report). Our programmatic efforts have been continuous, and our impact on the lives of thousands, has been significant. Now more than ever we need your help, because there is still so much to be done. We are asking you to join us in making a gift to support our efforts by clicking on the donation button below. Thank you for supporting the Urban League of Palm Beach County. Together we can empower communities and change lives.


Patrick Franklin
President & CEO

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