For struggling households in Connecticut, low wages, tight budgets and limited savings often mean making tough financial choices. Working parents choose between quality child care and healthy food for their children. Young adults juggling multiple jobs with inconsistent schedules choose between expensive rent and a long commute to work. Aging adults approaching retirement weigh whether to ignore a car repair or forgo a needed trip to the doctor.
The 2018 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report revealed that 40% of Connecticut households are struggling financially. 30% of these households are ALICE, an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE cares for our children and aging parents, fixes our cars and works in our local grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants. ALICE is our friend, neighbor, coworker and family member. We lean on ALICE for support; yet, many ALICE households are one emergency away from a financial crisis impacting their ability to feed their family, heat their home, maintain their housing, and ensure their medical care.
Can you walk in ALICE's shoes? Connecticut United Ways online ALICE Simulator, "Making Tough Choices" challenges you to walk in ALICE's shoes for 30 days. Visit
to take the challenge.