Economic Mobility



Economic Mobility Program

Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Economic Mobility Program helps families move toward financial security and introduces pathways to economic opportunity. Outcomes are improved for families at risk of homelessness by addressing underlying social determinants of quality of life.

Enrolled families work one-on-one with a specially trained caseworker for an average of three months to identify barriers to financial security and to set goals for the ­future. Housing stability is guaranteed through a rent and/or utility subsidy while ­customers work towards their goals.

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How to Enroll

Individuals who are interested in the Economic Mobility Program should first meet with a caseworker in the Basic Needs Program.

Economic Mobility Stories

International Women’s Day

By Bonnie Tiernan | March 7, 2022

Observed worldwide as a celebration of “the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” International Women’s Day is also a global call to action for accelerating women’s equality. At Crisis Assistance Ministry, we see women’s extraordinary perseverance and potential every day. Hardworking women like Mariagrazia, who was sidelined by an accident but refused to give up, and Shavonna, whose tenacity and grace are a testament to her indomitable spirit.

What A Difference You Made

By Tovi Martin | December 12, 2021

In 2021, your support powered so many transformations — from the thousands of families you helped to the innovative new ways they received services. Thank you for preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for so many of our neighbors during an unprecedented year.

Tanisha Invites You to Move Forward Together

By Website-Administrator | July 14, 2020

Tanisha came to America as a hopeful child. After a difficult struggle, she now feels able to fully realize those childhood dreams thanks to generous individuals like you.

Budgeting Tips from an Economic Mobility Specialist

By Website-Administrator | May 8, 2020

Thinking about money can be hard. Sometimes it can just seem easiest to ignore it completely. But not planning for or thinking about our finances might mean that there isn’t enough to cover the things we really need. That’s why it makes sense to try and come up with a plan, a spending plan/budget, for your money.

Sandra and Reuben Are Reaching for Stability

By Tovi Martin | April 2, 2020

When Sandra and Reuben first met their Economic Mobility caseworker, they were at their wit’s end. They were about to lose their electricity and water. They didn’t know how they would afford his medical supplies. Their finances were, Sandra admits, “overwhelming.” But your generous support is helping them reach for stability again.

When Working Hard Isn’t Quite Enough

By Tovi Martin | December 11, 2019

Schawniekaw has worked three jobs sometimes to keep a roof over her family’s head. Still, it’s not enough. With the threat of eviction looming over her head, she turned to the community for help.

Full Circle Moments Inspire Employee of the Year

By Tovi Martin | September 18, 2019

“I know I am lucky. So many people need that kind of help and don’t have family and friends who are able to give it,” says Dywoine Massey. “I can relate to the situations moms and dads are in when they come here. That could have been me.” That’s what motivates him to keep coming back every day to his role coaching individuals and families beyond their immediate crisis toward economic mobility.

You Were There for Shaniora

By Tovi Martin | September 16, 2019

“People are really here to help you,” says Shaniora, an aspiring baker who found herself needing help when chronic illness and surgery derailed her plans to support herself while finishing her degree. Thanks to the support of our community, Crisis Assistance Ministry is thankful to be here for neighbors like Shaniora.

Small Miracles Lead to Big Impact

By Tovi Martin | September 10, 2019

Kim is a portrait of resilience and persistence. After a medical emergency and a job layoff left her and her children at risk of eviction, she turned to Crisis Assistance Ministry for help. Thanks to community support, she found a way forward and few “small miracles” along the way.