LISC is grateful for our continued partnership with the Citizens Charitable Foundation. The Foundation’s most recent grants are helping to refine the Health Bridges to Career Opportunities programs and enhance our existing pilot program for long-term career development and wage advancement in three sites – Boston, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.
Built on the framework of our national Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) model and our career pathways and training initiative, Bridges to Career Opportunities (Bridges), the post-placement coaching strategy builds participants’ financial stability through advanced coaching and employer engagement, while the Health Bridges program provides critical training in health-related fields.
The Citizens Charitable Foundation‘s willingness to support innovative programming in Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence enabled LISC to launch and test effective implementation strategies in these three geographies. In addition, the Health Bridges program created a cohort of three organizations in these markets working on health-related career pathways, leading to jobs in biotechnology, emergency medical services and medical assisting. With Citizens’ renewed support, LISC is embarking upon a second year of programming, which will help us and our partners advance the existing work and implement program enhancements to build the three sites’ capacity.
“The funding of these programs by the Citizens Charitable Foundation represents a long-term commitment Citizens Bank has made to give back to the communities it serves,” said Barbara Cottam, Head of Corporate Affairs and President of the Citizens Charitable Foundation. “Our partnership with LISC will help ensure that people have the skills necessary to reach their potential in the economy of tomorrow.”
The Citizens Charitable Foundation focuses its giving in three areas: helping people manage their money, the fight against hunger, and strengthening communities. The Citizens Charitable Foundation strives to improve the lives of our fellow citizens through building partnerships with public, private, and community partners to develop neighborhoods, transform lives, and stimulate economic renewal.