Economic Empowerment

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 economic empowerment 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 an empowered community by:

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

In 2018-19, our investments helped 8,547 individuals complete education credentials or job training, positioning them to earn family-sustaining wages.

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.

In 2018-19, our investments provided 10,298 individuals with financial or home ownership counseling to improve their financial literacy.

With your support, we will help


individuals overcome poverty.



Alfonso was stressed and overwhelmed by competing work–life responsibilities.

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After losing her job, Vicki struggled to pay her mortgage and almost lost her home.

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