Remember the advertisements saying, "Thanks to you, it's working?"
For decades the United Way has worked to help people help themselves.
One heartland man took those words to heart and is making a major life-style change.
Forty-four-year-old Steve Perkins had hit rock bottom. He was homeless, and as he explains, hopeless.
"I never thought that I was good enough, Never thought I fit in," he said. "A lot of the things that I'd feel inside were dark and they hurt."
Perkins suffered from depression, social anxiety and more.
"I'm an alcoholic," he said. "To mask those emotions or to numb myself, I drank myself into oblivion most of the time. I really didn't care if I lived or died."
Perkins had separated himself from family and friends But he finally got a glimmer of hope that stuck.
He was about to become a grandfather.
That's when he made an important first step.
"I just made a decision that I wanted to be part of life,' he said. "The first thing I had to do and that I knew I had to do was stop drinking."
Perkins went to a treatment center through Lutheran Family Services, a program funded through the United Way.
That's when his life started changing.
"I noticed after I got sober and I as going to counseling, I caught myself smiling and actually laughing and it was a weird feeling for me," he said. "I learned how to live life on life's terms. "They just helped me gain a lot of tools on how to deal with life without booze.
"Now I'm learning to reach out to people to be part of the community, to be productive."
Perkins now is a maintenance engineer at Christensen Lumber in Fremont.
And a part of his family's lives.
A life saving change that didn't cost him an arm and a leg.
"It was ridiculous how affordable it was," he said. "It was almost as if they were paying me to go there."
A change Perkins says anyone can make.
"There is hope out there if you take the step."
The United Way is teaming up with WOWT Six News in the "Community Strong" program helping provide resources for people like Steve Perkins to make positive life-changing decisions.