Lift People Out of Poverty - How We Help

BOLD Goal 4: Lift People Out of Poverty

Why We Invest

The two-generation model is a way to provide opportunities for low-income families to obtain living-wage employment and improve educational opportunities for their young children. There is substantial evidence that supports the success of the two-generation model both in outcomes for children and parents. Research has demonstrated that educational attainment and poverty are strongly correlated, and this approach grows the workforce by providing training, education and support to low-income families to meet the skills gap.

The Issue

Our Strategy

The Action

The Results


In 2020, United Way entered into a unique partnership with Chisom Housing Group, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving affordable housing and providing supportive services to residents. Through our collaborative partnership, we were able to provide education, financial literacy, workforce development opportunities, a reduction in food insecurity, and promotion of community connections to the residents of The Arbors at McCormick Park in Fargo.

Our Workforce Case Managers are able to hold English language learner classes, computer trainings, tenant education classes, and case management utilizing the on-site community center, alleviating barriers such as transportation for the Arbors residents attending the classes.
Workforce Development Case Managers were able to provide services and training leading to individuals becoming self-sufficient. These coordinated efforts resulted in 10% of residents receiving supportive services in 2020, leading some to become Certified Nursing Assistants. We are excited to continue collaborating with amazing community partners creating meaningful impact for families.

Looking Forward to 2021

We will make long-term investments to ultimately lift families out of poverty. From research and local data, it is clear that our Bold Goals continue to be the key to ending poverty. By meeting families’ immediate basic needs such as stable housing and access to food, preparing children to succeed as they progress through school and beyond, and helping families be independent through social building capital and accessing living-wage employment, together we can break the cycle of poverty and create a better tomorrow for everyone in our community.