Making Life Work

Our mission is to create a connected community that empowers
families experiencing poverty to thrive, not just survive.

Making Life Work is a community-based collaboration dedicated to empowering families in poverty to become stable and self-sufficient, and ensuring the children of those families attain early educational success and are set up to sustain that success throughout their school years and beyond.

We are combining three promising, complimentary models to ensure that success:

  • Collective Impact Model for the collaboration itself to ensure long-term effectiveness, measurable results, and accountability.
  • Aspen Institute's Two-Generation Model to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach that meets the needs of children and their parents together.
  • EMPath's Mobility Mentoring Model to integrate all of the activities of the various collaborators into a single, seamless, comprehensive program that removes barriers and creates opportunities for family success.

We focus our resources on families at 250% or below of the Federal Poverty Level with children ages 0 to 8 (including pre-natal). Priority is given to single parents and families at 185% or below of Federal Poverty Level.

Making Life Work desires the following for our participants:

  • Families have the vision, confidence and ability to transform their lives and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
  • Children are imbued with intellectual curiosity and a life-long aspiration to learn. They are equipped to attain educational success.
  • Families are socially adept and emotionally mature, able to develop and maintain a healthy network of supportive social and professional relationships.
  • Families have the motivation, knowledge and means to actively maintain a lifestyle that incorporates physical and emotional well-being.