Cincinnati Works was founded 24 years ago on the belief that people could work their way out of poverty with proper training and access to a good job. What we have learned in those 24 years is that poverty is complicated, and it takes a lot more than a job to lift yourself out of it. So we complement our training and job-placement services with long-term, one-on-one coaching and relationships with employers and social-service organizations throughout the region.
Our coaches are trained professionals who understand the complex challenges poverty presents. They collaborate with our clients (whom we call Members) on a plan to achieve work and life goals, so our Members learn to solve their own challenges. Many of our Members begin their relationship with us by participating in our three-day JumpStart workshop, which prepares them for the job-search process. In addition to their coach, Members can work with a staffing specialist who serves as a liaison to local employers; financial coaches; a legal advocate; and a mental-health counselor. We also have a team of professionals who maintain relationships with the employers who hire our Members and other non-profits who may serve them, and we have a team of coaches who work on-site at local employers.
Cincinnati Works coaches worked with more than 1,200 Members last year and helped 461 of them earn jobs, while many more retained jobs that they landed in previous years. We have helped place more than 8,000 people in jobs since our launch in 1996. 25% of our Members go on to achieve economic self-sufficiency every year, meaning they now earn enough money to cover expenses, build an emergency fund, and maybe even invest in a dream. A study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center determined that Cincinnati Works has delivered an economic impact of more than $35 million from increased income and sales tax and reduced use of public services.