Economic Self Sufficiency

In communities without sufficient resources and supports, poverty often passes from generation to generation as a result of unemployment/underemployment, unequal distribution of resources, inadequate educational opportunities, limited workforce and health supports, traumas associated with poverty and difficulty connecting to the resources that could help. In addition, a lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects low-income households, leaving families stuck in the cycle of poverty.


Skills to Build a Living Wage

Helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency requires working alongside them to create supports that help meet their immediate needs while addressing long-term challenges like securing stable employment. Together, with our partners, we fight for a self-reliant community by:

  • Increasing the number of adults completing paid on-the-job training opportunities that lead to earning a living wage.

Asset Development

It’s not enough to find and keep a good job. Long-term financial stability comes from a combination of learning basic financial literacy, opening a bank account, managing debt, participating in an individual development account program to increase savings, enrolling in public benefits, and accessing available tax credits. Together with our partners, we fight for families by:

  • Increasing the number of individuals and families who are building assets to build a solid foundation for the future.

With your support, we will help


individuals overcome poverty.



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