Our Stories

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.

When Police Are Problem Solvers

In the third installment of our #SafetyPartners blog series, criminologist Sean Varano describes the value of problem-oriented policing, and what a researcher can bring to the quest for safer neighborhoods.

The What, Why and How of Community Policing: An Officer’s View

In the second installment of our #SafetyPartners blog series, Officer Tracie Miller opens a window onto the experience of policing a neighborhood with a history of mistrust of law enforcement, and what it takes to build a community's trust.

Crime Hotspots Need Investments, Not Just Policing

Research has proven that crime, particularly violent crime, clusters in discreet, neighborhood hotspots. In an op-ed for The Marshall Project, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, and Julia Ryan, director of safety programming, explain how that knowledge should guide our crime-fighting strategies and why investments in neighborhoods are critical to stopping violence.

Navigating a Passage Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the first of our #SafetyPartners blog series, Tina Shepard, director of community initiatives for ONE Neighborhood Builders, shares her experience helping build relationships between police and community in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI.