MOMS Success Story: Brittany

11-02-2017 · MOMS

Growing up, Brittany Bankston excelled in school. She thrived in her gifted and honors classes and was a published author by the age of 9. She even unexpectedly became a mom at the age of 16, but she persevered and managed to graduate high school early and went to college full time. She met her now husband in college, graduated and moved to Atlanta to be closer to her family. Brittany describes this period of her life as a time when things finally felt settled.

However, less than a year later, life took a turn again and Brittany was in a terrible car accident. Her husband, unable to find reliable transportation to work, quickly lost his job. Just after this, Brittany found out she was pregnant with her second child. Suddenly, Brittany’s sense of peace became a feeling of constant stress and hardship. They stood in long lines at food banks, pawned off their valuables and sought government assistance.

With a baby on the way, Brittany and her husband were determined to turn their situation around. He hit the pavement every day in search of a new job. Around this time, Brittany visited the Clayton County Board of Health to apply for assistance, and she was referred to the United Way of Greater Atlanta M.O.M.S. Program.

Brittany points to this moment as the one that would ultimately change her life forever. Through the M.O.M.S. Program, Brittany received valuable resources and guidance to navigate her pregnancy and her financial situation. After her husband regained employment, Brittany enrolled in the United Way Family Leadership Institute, where she gained the skill set needed to start her own nonprofit: Prestigious Purse. Now, she leads a growing organization focused on distributing purses packed with essential care items for women experiencing homelessness. She believes every woman deserves the dignity and support that she received from United Way in her time of need.