Cincinnati Works National Replication

Cincinnati Works in Your City!

National Replication – Eliminate Poverty Across America

What Our Country Has Been Doing Is Not Working!

Did you know that 43.1 million people in America are living in poverty?* 1 in 5 CHILDREN are also in poverty.* This is disturbing because children are helpless to influence their living conditions and many come from single parent families. About 9.5 million of people who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force were poor.* Yes, in AMERICA; unbelievable and unacceptable!
*U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The roots of poverty are complex and often generational. While many leading poverty elimination programs focus on treating the symptoms, Cincinnati Works is a nonprofit organization with a unique, ground-up approach. This professional coaching and soft skills training organization focuses on helping people navigate the obstacles that prevent economic self-sufficiency, and it WORKS!

The Cincinnati Works National Replication has a bold goal to replicate the model in 225 metropolitan communities across the country by 2025. And, with your help, aims to establish a nationwide association of communities using this proven business model. Each community is unique, and the success of the model lies in adapting to the needs of specific locales. The goal is specifically an association rather than franchises.

The replication team supports local adaptation by providing; web-based resources, formal face-to-face training, online and in-person consulting, best practice sharing, networking and benchmarking across associates nationwide. Our approach delivers:

  • Insights pertaining to which poverty elimination strategies best work in different types of communities and geographic regions.
  • Enhanced understanding of the culture of poverty and new ways to combat its root causes.
  • Identification of common trends across the United States.
  • Potential to influence public policy in regards to poverty elimination.

Since 1965, when the U.S. government declared the war on poverty, best estimates are that $15 trillion dollars have been spent on programs to help the poor. We also know that every decade since the 50’s, the poverty rate has gone up in major metropolitan areas.

Why the Cincinnati Works Model?

There is a Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is the premise behind the Cincinnati Works model.

For more than 20-years, Cincinnati Works has helped put over 7,100 people on the path to economic self-sufficiency. More importantly think about the effect this has on children in poverty. The entire family reaps the economic benefits. The parent experiences restored dignity and self-esteem, modeling a work ethic and new behaviors to their children as they move out of poverty, and breaks the cycle of generational poverty. Priceless! Now, imagine those same results in communities all across America!

Our Co-Founder, Dave Phillips has that vision and has begun to replicate the model. Let’s start now – and together, we can raise up a generation of fishermen and ELIMINATE POVERTY ACROSS AMERICA!

The Impact

Member Impact

  • Experience the Dignity of Work

  • Discover purpose & independence

  • Belong: become a contributing member of society

  • Model new behaviors: be a role model for their children

  • Address issues: childhood hunger, health, homelessness

  • Avoid/escape a life of violence and crime

Community Impact

  • Boost to workforce development

  • Fills jobs with willing, capable, reliable workers

  • Economic boon

  • Safe and more vibrant communities

  • Reduce use of public benefits/taxpayer dollars

Bring the Solution to Your City and Get Started Today!

Contact Cynthia Lamb – President, Cincinnati Works National Replication

Office: 513.744.5634 | Email: clamb@cincinnatiworks.org


Cincinnati Works Across America

Current Replication Sites



City Spotlight

Bartholomew County Works – Columbus, IN


Cincinnati Works – Cincinnati, OH


Miami Valley Works – Dayton, OH


WorkFaith Connection – Houston, TX



Contact Us

Cynthia Lamb | 513.744.5634 | clamb@cincinnatiworks.org

Glenna Parks | 513.744.5635 | gparks@cincinnatiworks.org