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Crossing the Bridge to Financial Stability in Houston

4.20.2017 - - For more than a century, Houston’s Wesley Community Center has lent a hand to people making their way out of poverty. With a LISC-supported Bridges to Career Opportunities program, the agency has amped up its strategies for helping clients take the reins of their financial lives. One man’s experienc [...]

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What is LISC?

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations in the country supporting projects to revitalize communities. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs improving financial stability. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local groups to get this done. As a result, more than five million Americans live in stronger, thriving communities. See our reach as a national nonprofit and see how we work.

1982:
$10 million
invested
1989:
$100 million
invested
2006:
$1 billion
invested
Since 1980
$17.3 billion
total invested
leading to
$52 billion
in total development
Building Bridges to 21st-century Careers

Yohannes Kassaye is a client of JVS (Jewish Vocational Services) in Boston, whose Bridges to College and Careers Pathways program helps topple barriers to employment for low- and moderate-income residents. This free 23-week college prep program segues into a professional curriculum at community colleges that prepares people to work in growth industries short on talent. LISC has committed $675,00 over three years for the JVS Bridges initiative. Kassaye, a native of Ethiopia, describes how the pro [...]

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