Support This Organization's Vision and Proven Solution to Break the Cycle of Poverty
In Fort Worth, 18 percent of individuals and families live in poverty. This is largely due to the lack of high-paying jobs in the city. In fact, 35 percent of jobs are low-wage, leading to many families struggling to provide basic necessities for their children. One in four children in Fort Worth are considered "food insecure" which means they are lacking access to sufficient and affordable, nutritious food. A concerning 43 percent of households in Texas do not have any savings. Millions are stuck, millions are hopeless — an intimidating wall to even begin to break down.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is on a mission to end poverty one family at a time and has set a bold goal to help 10,000 families break out of poverty by 2026. To do this, CCFW takes a strategic approach. The key is holistic case management. By recognizing and treating the person in front of them, CCFW walks with their clients through a toward long-term success. Through initiatives like immigration services, dental practices, transportation, and social enterprises, clients receive qualifications, learn skills, and grow in faith and character. This results in increased earnings, economic independence, and bank savings. Their program, Stay the Course, focuses on increasing college graduation rates among low-income and new-to-college students.
Starting with 400 students, CCFW has grown its evidence-based solution to serve 3,400 students. And it's working! Participants in the Stay the Course program are four times more likely to graduate. With a degree, graduates are skilled and more valuable, so employers are finding a better trained local workforce, closing the skills-gap, and offering higher paid jobs in Fort Worth. On average, CCFW's participants are earning nearly $10,000 more per year and families are breaking out of poverty by the dozens.