Our Stories

4.28.2017 -

“If You’re Looking to Change Your Life, This Is the Place to Come To”

Jovan Sams discovered his passion for mechanics as a teen growing up in Chicago’s Jane Addams projects. But the lingering cloud of a felony conviction kept him unemployed for six years and led to bankruptcy. Fortunately, he connected with a LISC-supported Bridges to Opportunity program and took advantage of “everything they had to offer.” Now he works a good-paying union job with the Chicago Transit Authority, and has a robust credit score to boot. A video from North Lawndale Employment Network, where Sams turned his life around, tells the story.

4.20.2017 -

Crossing the Bridge to Financial Stability in Houston

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 experience shows how it works.

4.19.2017 -

The Green Engine that Could (Restore Neighborhoods)

In the Twin Cities, the Green Line shuttles thousands of Minnesotans to and from work, home, schools and shopping. But more than that, the rail service has lifted neighborhoods all along the line, spurring economic activity, new housing and cultural pride. LISC Twin Cities helped galvanize local groups to be a part of the green line’s planning, and invested $70 million for development projects along the corridor to ensure that low-income residents benefit from the new rail.

4.13.2017 -

NY Attorney General Announces Program with LISC and Enterprise

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a new program—Cities RISE—that provides local governments with innovative technology to help transform problem properties that fell into disrepair following the foreclosure crisis. LISC and Enterprise Community Partners are administering the funds. The program will “hone in on pressing property problems, target resources and track progress around quality of life measures. We’re excited to be part of it,” said LISC Executive VP Denise Scott.

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 program helped him realize a dream of working in science and health—and how doors keep on opening.