Building Families, Building Baltimore

The Power of Families

FAMILIES ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF COMMUNITIES.
STRONG AND STABLE FAMILIES MEAN STRONG AND STABLE COMMUNITIES.
STRONG AND STABLE COMMUNITIES PROVIDE THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR:
BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEMS,
BETTER HOUSING OPTIONS,
MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND
 HIGHER QUALITY OF LIVING AND EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL.

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How Does the Program Work?

Families complete an online application to indicate their interest in the program. Eligible families will be invited to attend orientation and create Family Action Plans (FAPs) with their case managers and financial counselors. FAPs are the roadmaps that families will use throughout their time in the program to work toward their personal, professional, academic and financial goals.

In addition to the FAP, families attend workshops and activities 1-2 times a month. Workshops are for parents and adults in the family while activities are for youth and families. 

Families spend 3-6 months in the program and receive support in the form of household necessities, mentorship from financial counselors and guidance and resource referrals from case managers. At the end of their time in the program, families are empowered and have made tangible steps toward their goals.  The program ends with a Family Dinner Graduation Party. 

At completing the program families can join our PoP Fam, a group of alumni families that receive information about upcoming fairs, programs and community resources. 

 

Workshops include:

 

Activities include:

  • Museum tours 
  • Field Day 
  • Day Trips 
  • Mentoring 
  • Game Nights
  • Movie Nights
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Pizza Party
  • Budgeting & Saving 101
  • Credit Repair / Building
  • Leveraging Community Resources
  • Couponing 101
  • Time Management 
  • Interview Skills 
  • Professional Development 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Investing 101
  • Starting a Business
  • Creating Assets
  • Organizing & Advocacy

Who is the Program For?

The Academy is designed for Gap Families. Gap families are families with one or two parents that earn low incomes from low wage and minimum wage jobs. They earn too much to qualify to for most local and federal benefits (like temporary cash assistance, food stampls) however they don't earn enough to consistenly make ends meet. 

This can be temporary/situational or long-term. Sometimes families are gap families because one parent is on maternity leave while another parent works a low wage or minimum wage job.Other gap families can be single parents with 1 or more dependents or dual parent households with 1 or more dependents.These families work full-time or seasonal positions but do not earn enough to consistently make ends meet and support their families.Gap families can even be families that were doing well until a crisis occurred and are struggling to get back on track.

 
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