What We Believe

Mission: Cincinnati Works will partner with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.

Vision: We will lead the effort to eliminate poverty in our community.

At Cincinnati Works, we believe in the dignity of work and that every individual deserves the opportunity to earn that dignity. As a primarily privately-funded organization, we serve any willing and capable job seekers who are eligible for our program.

It began with the dream of founders Dave and Liane Phillips to eliminate poverty in the community. The husband and wife team toured a variety of workforce development programs across the nation, commissioned a study regarding the nature of poverty in the region, and applied the results of a university-conducted survey assessing job development and placement organizations to their findings. In result, a program model was developed which focused on job retention and advancement rather than simply job placement. Since opening its doors in 1996, Cincinnati Works has assisted thousands of Members in achieving and maintaining employment.