LISC National
What We Do

Financial Opportunity Centers 

Greater Kansas City LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City have partnered to bring to Kansas City a network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) to help low-income families stabilize their long-term financial outlook. Based on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, FOCs provide individuals and families with services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building.

  • Increases low-income individuals’ access to jobs and builds an economically stable, financially literate and employable workforce.
  • Empowers people to take control over their financial future through coaching, financial literacy tools, career and job planning, and more.
  • Enables individuals to change their behaviors and become financially stable.
In 30 days you corrected problems that I’ve struggled for 3 years to solve. In a true group effort, you came together and helped me change the things in my life that I was unable to change on my own.
— Brian, client of Prosperity Center

FOC Program Elements

The LISC Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) answer the call to help low-income individuals and families stabilize their long-term financial outlook.  Centers offer comprehensive services in one neighborhood-based site, including:

  • Employment Services
  • Financial Education and Coaching
  • Public Benefits Access

In partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City, LISC established the FOC network in 2013 with local partners the Prosperity Center at Rockhurst University and the Women's Employment Network. The network welcomed Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in 2014, and Community Services League in 2015. The FOC Network fifth site, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry, opened in 2018. 


Trese Booze, Program Officer