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Equipping Families and Communities


We believe no one should live in poverty. Families and communities can take charge of their destinies and if given the right tools and support, economic stability can be achieved. Through an approach that combines our techniques with the individualized support of dedicated volunteers and the resources of organizations and communities, we create an environment that educates, empowers, and equips our members to move up and out of poverty successfully.

Here’s how it works:

  • Community leaders and/or organizations work with Core Community to establish a local chapter.

  • This begins with localized trainings. We take a collaborative approach during implementation by building on the strengths of existing community-based organizations.

  • Our model focuses on three stages: Crisis management and stabilization, education and job placement and job retention, advancement and economic stability.

Each group will consist of up to 25 participants

who are known as “Core Leaders.”   They are asked to:

  • Enroll in the Core Leaders Training Class to build financial, emotional and social resources as well as an Economic Stability Plan

  • Partner with trained middle- to high-income community volunteers, called “Core Friends,” who support a Core Leader’s efforts through networking, listening and guidance

  • Attend weekly community meetings with peers, Core Friends and other interested community members for planning, support and networking opportunities, and

  • Support each other through discussions around systemic barriers to escaping poverty and the strategies needed to remove them.

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