United Way’s ALICE Report shows that 41% of Ulster County households are financially insecure, unable to contend with an unplanned expense or circumstance. In response to this increasing trend, United Way of Ulster County established the Emergency and Homelessness Prevention Fund. Initiated by a single $2,000 donation from a concerned United Way volunteer (who had overheard phone conversations staff were having with people calling for help), this fund has grown to $250,000 with generous support from the Bruderhof community, the NoVo Foundation, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill’s office, and individual donors.