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Economic Stability Programs

 

The Salvation Army’s Economic Stability Program, for families is an essential component of the work that we do here at the Salvation Army.
The Program provides families with the financial information and tools they need to make informed decisions. Financial education, combined with case management, resources, support groups and guidance assist families taking their first steps out of poverty.

Services Provided:
Groups: Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World, is an 18 to 20-week program for individuals and families living in generational poverty, generational poverty, or in unstable situations, build and develop the necessary resources needed for stability. The program does not “teach” its participants in a typical lecturing style class. Instead, Getting Ahead participants navigate weekly groups where they discover their own reality by identifying an area or areas in their life that they are looking to change. Participants become problem solvers for themselves, and for their community. The program requires diligent work, and motivation! Success comes through the application towards the development of a future story!

The Bridges training: provides case studies, videos, mental models, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions that agencies, schools, hospitals, and other organizations and service providers may implement.

Staying Ahead provides graduates with the necessary resources needed to accomplish their goals. Community Resource Partners (CRPs) meet with graduates once a month, providing education within their area of expertise, hands on tools that enable each individual to realize their goals, and provides mentoring opportunities that brings forth encouragement and sustainability. Staying Ahead provides resources in housing, health & fitness, financial management, entrepreneurship, employment, grants & small business loans and more!

Pathways of Hope: Provides targeted services to families with desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and enable a path out of intergenerational poverty. It is rooted in a case management approach, focusing on client needs through a strength base lens.

VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) Partner: The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

For further information, please contact Ana Rojas, Programs Manager.


THE ROAD TO GRADUATION

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, young boys and girls. I will like to start off by extending a special thanks to everyone that made this possible. A special thanks to Philip Devol the author of the Getting Ahead text. The Salvation Army and all its partners. Our great facilitators Lilly and Ana. My wonderful team whom I had the pleasure of seeing for the past 17 Thursdays and all the supporting family members who are here tonight sharing in this joyous occasion.

I am not going to be before your front long. I just want to share what Getting Ahead has done for me. First, it gave me a reason to get out the house every Thursday. Not to mention the gas cards I was provided with every Thursday. Most important, Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By-World has given me knowledge about the resources I can use to not only get out of poverty but maintain stability. We can do something about poverty by building individual, institutional and community resources. Poverty is a mindset. Ben Carson said it best, “low income persons with strong motivation can escape poverty, while those with negative attitudes remain poor”.

Let’s be positive! Let’s take what we have learned and apply it to our everyday life.

Thank you!

Kizzy Thomas

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