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The path from poverty to self-sufficiency is a journey, not a step, and long-term support is essential to creating lasting change. We are the only local resource operationally equipped to go the distance with our Members, and our efforts have paid off in meaningful, measurable ways.
provides vital classroom materials for our JumpStart workshop
helps with transportation to and from employment opportunities
provides access to our legal coordinator to help individuals resolve legal issues that may be hindering their job search
provides a series of one-on-one financial coaching sessions and tools to help employed Members budget their earnings and develop assets
allows our employment specialists to provide custom skill- and job-matching to our 75+ employer partners
provides access to one-on-one employment coaching to guide an individual on their career path

Our Model Works

Most social service agencies treat the symptoms of poverty with transactions: groceries from a food pantry, medicine from a free clinic, rental vouchers from a government agency. Our model treats the root of the problem, providing access to stable jobs and personalized coaching to help individuals retain and advance within those jobs.

People who need to change their lives, and are willing to do so, come to us and become Members for life. Our coaches help them work through the roadblocks that keep them from getting and keeping a job, while honing the soft skills that are necessary in a professional setting. In addition to employment coaching, we provide:

  • financial coaching
  • behavioral health counseling
  • transportation assistance
  • legal advocacy
  • chaplain services

Once stable in a job, we move our Member toward advancement – connecting them to training or education that can further their career, while continuing to address barriers in their personal and professional life. The goal is not merely to place a Member in a job; it is to assist the Member in becoming economically self-sufficient.

Success Stories

Success Stories
September 5, 2018

Ebony Marshall

As a child with an independent streak in a large family that moved often, Ebony Marshall has struggled with her self-identity. It fueled her work ethic in the classroom and…
Success Stories
May 6, 2018

Rayshun Holt

After spending 21 years in prison in the prime of his life, Rayshun Holt returned to a familiar neighborhood with familiar challenges in a rapidly changing city. From professional sports…
Success Stories
December 12, 2018

Yolanda Gray

From ‘broken’ to stable … and still striving In her role overseeing the paint department at a local Home Depot, Yolanda Gray meets a new cast of characters every day.…