Our Initiatives


Congratulations to the following organizations awarded grant funding from Citi Foundation and LISC. Because of their tremendous work, thousands of Americans will gain new skills, training and a path to economic opportunity.

Boston, MA

Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
JVS is Boston’s largest one-stop job center. The grant will enable students to gain skills and knowledge necessary to attend and succeed in college.

Bozeman, MT

Human Resource Development Council of District IX
Human Resource Development Council will expand its Bridges to Career Opportunities program to extend career pathways in manufacturing and health care industries. 

Chicago, IL

Instituto del Progreso Latino
Working in largely low-income and Hispanic communities in Chicago, Instituto will use grant funds to expand its health pathway programs.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) of Chicago
JARC is focused on keeping good manufacturing jobs in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.  The grant will enable JARC to build on relationships with manufacturing firms in the area and enhance long-term opportunity. 

Metropolitan Family Services
Working with the Institute of Workforce Education (IWE) at St. Augustine College, Metropolitan Family Services will use the grant to add new health care pathways to its job training programs. These new programs will focus on health care administration and health information systems.

North Lawndale Employment Network
North Lawndale is focused on training and job placement in the transportation, distribution, and logistics industries (TDL). The grant will add pathways to administrative skills in its TDL programming.


Cincinnati, OH

Brighton Center
An established, nationally-accredited employment center for jobs in health care, business support and human services, Brighton Center will add to its retention and advancement programming.


Detroit, MI

Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is expanding its career pathways in the manufacturing industries by adding robotics training to its certification curriculum. 

Operation ABLE
Operation ABLE will use the grant to add an entrepreneurship pathway to its job training programs, supporting residents with dreams of small business ownership.

SER Metro Detroit
SER Metro Detroit will use its funding to enhance its building trades vocational training. It will add a lead abatement certification and help place graduates in apprenticeships and related careers with the support of nearly 80 employer partners.

Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES)
Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) provides vital training and supportive services to residents in Detroit. SWES will expand its job readiness, training, and placement programming for justice-involved participants. Efforts will focus on connecting participants to good jobs in two growing sectors: construction as well as transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL).

Duluth, MN

Community Action Duluth
Located in an opportunity zone, Community Action Duluth is adding a light manufacturing pathway to its job training and support services. 

Houston, TX

Chinese Community Center
Focused on the Asian community, Chinese Community Center will add an advanced health care training program in Houston where health care-related jobs are growing.

The Alliance
The Alliance is a leader in serving the refugee community of the Gulfton neighborhood. It will use its grant to support graduates of its training programs to retain jobs in the health care, construction and transportation, distribution and logistics fields.

SER Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast
SER Jobs for Progress operates a high-capacity Bridges to Career Opportunities program focused on the welding and construction trades. It plans to use the grant to expand opportunities for graduates by developing employer partnerships and upskilling and retention programs. 

Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX)
VOATX will enhance its successful Health Professions Opportunity program by adding more advanced skills training for jobs in the health care sector. Participants will be able to study to become health information and patient care technicians.

Wesley Community Center
Wesley Community Center has been a vital community resource for 110 years. With Citi Foundation and LISC support, Wesley will build upon its jobs training programs with two new certifications in the health care field and a new machinist career pathway. 


Indianapolis, IN

Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC)
EMCC will enhance its job and employment services for residents by adding opportunities to achieve advanced credentials and explore entrepreneurship.

John H. Boner Neighborhood Center (JBNC)
Serving the people of the Near Eastside, the JBNC is adding an innovative career pathway in maintenance work. Participants can earn a certificate as an apartment maintenance technician focused on electrical, HVAC, plumbing and interior/exterior building maintenance. 

Southeast Community Services
Southeast Community Services will add a Bridges to Career Opportunities program focused on in-demand sectors such as transportation, distribution and logistics, manufacturing and construction trades.

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Already a strong Financial Opportunity Center, Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center will add higher-skilled pathways to its curriculum in metalworking, control systems technology and LEAN certifications.


Kansas City, MO

Community Services League
Community Services League will support a Bridges to Career Opportunities program to focus on hard-to-employ workers and stemming low-wage stagnation.


Los Angeles, CA

Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)
CRCD will add a Bridges to Career Opportunities program to its workforce development services. It will focus on transition-age youth from 18-24 years old and individuals being released from incarceration. 

Milwaukee, WI

Journey House
Journey House will add a Bridges to Career Opportunities program to its Thrive program. The 13-week training experience incorporates contextualized education, cognitive skills bootcamp, employability and career pathways training and hands-on vocational training.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
CLUES is the largest Latino-led organization in the Twin Cities focused on career development and education. The grant will enable CLUES to expand its post-employment services focused on retention and career advancement.

International Institute of Minnesota
A leader in refugee resettlement with over 100 years of experience, the International Institute of Minnesota assists new Americans to transition to economic self-sufficiency. The Institute will expand its current pathways beyond entry-level healthcare positions - moving participants up the career ladder from Certified Nursing Assistant to higher paying jobs as Licensed Practical Nurses.

Project for Pride in Living
Project for Pride in Living will increase the scale and quality of its Train to Work Healthcare Bridge and occupational training programs. It will also add a building operations technician career pathway and a 52-week program to become property appraisers.

Newark, NJ

Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC)
ICC will build a Bridges to Career Opportunities program to address the academic readiness gaps affecting many low-wage and unemployed adults in Newark. 

New Community Workforce Development Center
New Community Workforce Development Center will establish and expand a Bridges program for credentials in a variety of career pathways, including construction, medical and health care, culinary arts, and automotive.

Philadelphia, PA

The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund (“The Training Fund”)
In partnership with United Here Hospitality Union, the Training Fund will develop a culinary arts program that will provide 52 hours of Bridge literacy coursework, 60 hours of occupational training and 12 hours of workshops in additional soft skills. 

Pittsburgh, PA

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC)
An established vocational and integrated services program, OPDC will use the grant to establish a new administrative assistant career pathway by teaming up with University Talent Alliance. It will include Bridge literacy training, administrative assistant skills training and mentorship. 

Providence, RI

Amos House
Amos House will establish adult basic education courses contextualized to help participants move into training and credentialing programs in such fields as culinary arts and hospitality, carpentry and maintenance trades, and customer service.

Genesis Center
With support from the Citi Foundation, Genesis Center will build out their culinary, human services and early learning pathways to promote advancement.

San Diego, CA

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC will expand its existing Bridges to Career Opportunities services in health care, hospitality/tourism and retail as well as develop a new pathway for careers in solar panel installation. 

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC)
SDHC, the housing authority for the city, will establish a Bridges to Career Opportunities program in three pathways: hospitality/customer service, information and communication technologies and health care.

Tacoma, WA

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region will expand its Bridges to Career Opportunities program by adding holistic GED/ABE, ESL, math tutoring, Google digital literacy and other contextualized work readiness training. 

Sound Outreach
Sound Outreach has been serving the Hilltop community since 1996 and has operated a Financial Opportunity Center since 2016. The grant will enable it to establish a Bridges to Career Opportunities program with a career pathway to the construction trades.

Toledo, OH

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSS)
LSS has been providing integrated services for job seekers since 2012. This grant will enable it to develop two new pathways for its Bridges to Career Opportunities program in manufacturing and information technology.

The ProMedica Ebeid Institute
The ProMedica Ebeid Institute is an established community hub where residents can access healthy foods, job training programs and computer labs. It will invest the grant to launch a Bridges to Career Opportunities program that offers state tested nursing assistant courses, as well as work with partners for job placements in the health care field. 


Uniontown, PA

Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA)
FCCAA will develop a Bridges to Career Opportunities program with a health care training pathway for certifications as a practical nurse or nursing assistant.