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Economic Mobility

Thriving, Not Just Surviving

The Economic Mobility team is focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and helping to create opportunity for families to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency.
We believe that families are the experts of their own lives and partner with them to set and achieve goals.

What pathways out of poverty do we offer?

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Strive, a Mobility Mentoring®- informed initiative, is a coaching program designed to help women with children reach a higher level of economic stability. Women partner with an individual mentor to guide goal setting over 12 to 18 months. These goals focus on the areas of housing and employment, and can result in greater family stability, stronger support systems, increased financial security and new job prospects. Strive participants receive $200 every three months of active participation and graduate into Aspire.



ForKids, in partnership with United Way of South Hampton Roads and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, with generous funding from Women United, launched Aspire to work with mothers from around South Hampton Roads who have safe, stable housing and are employed to develop and achieve goals that will allow them to gain financial independence. Aspire participants graduate when they are in or on track to be in a living wage job and have saved $1500. The Aspire Partnership will match this savings 2:1, leaving our participants with at least $4500 in savings upon graduation. 

Through the Financial Opportunity Center Program, you will:

  • Partner with a financial coach to achieve your goals for 3 years

  • Earn incentives as you achieve your goals

  • Attend Financial Wellness Classes

  • Access credit and asset building, budgeting tools, and family wealth building services

You may be eligible if you are a parent of at least one minor child in Southside Hampton Roads, have housing, have earned income or in a job training program or actively job searching, and make less than 80% AMI.

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