The LifeWork Project

The LifeWork Project assists low-income women, predominantly single mother heads of household, to accomplish specific individualized goals in five areas that represent the pillars on the Bridge to Self Sufficiency®: family/housing stability, well-being, education & training, financial management and employment and career management.

 

After three years, this pilot project has proved so successful that we are extending to a five-year program to support women continuing their education and career progress, especially the challenging journey of transferring to - and completing - a four-year degree program.  Below are highlights of what participants have accomplished over the first three years.

Family Stability

  • Securing needed childcare was one of the top barriers for women when the LifeWork Project launched. Currently, more than 90% of program participants have consistent, reliable childcare to cover time at work or in school.

  • All participants report stable housing situations.

 

Well Being

  • All participants have health insurance.

  • LifeWork women report a greater sense of confidence and ability to overcome barriers.

 

Education & Training

  • Thirteen (13) women have earned their associate degree since beginning LifeWork

  • Five (5) participants earned academic certification from Bristol Community College

  • Four (4) participants have successfully completed their first year at four-year colleges. ALL of these women are enrolled for their second year starting in Fall 2016.

 

Financial Management

  • Almost $32,000 in financial incentives were awarded to participants in the LifeWork Project during 2015.

  • All of the women have savings accounts with close to $20,000 in total savings recorded.

 

Employment & Career Management

  • 76% of participants were working at the end of 2015, up from 52% in year 1 and 36% from the beginning of the program.

  • Half of employed participants gained employment AFTER being enrolled in LifeWork.

The Women’s Fund advances economic security for women and girls in Southeastern MA, promoting equity across race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender identity and country of origin.  We build partnerships and use our voice, advocacy, and grantmaking to foster a more just region.

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The Women's Fund is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

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