TenetIcons3GOAL: Ensure adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment.

Community Issue: Across St. Joseph County, 40% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation. Many of these families–“the working poor”–have one or more members working full-time but are mired in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security.

United Way’s Community Impact Goal: Ensure adults achieve long-term financial stability by supporting programs that help them develop the skills to meet their basic needs, obtain and sustain employment and improve their quality of life.

Community Strategies:
  • Increase workforce readiness.
  • Increase financial literacy.
  • Increase access to primary and behavioral healthcare.
  • Provide opportunities to increase educational levels.
  • Improve transportation options for low-income families and individuals.


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