Despite our success, we’re nowhere near satisfied. We know we can do better.
So, what does it take to make ending poverty possible? It takes hard work, fervent observation and an unflinching investment in the strengths of those we serve. We’re not afraid of being wrong. We’re committed to finding the most effective methods for ending poverty. We’re evaluating the current programs from a place of transparent authenticity and using everything at our disposal to test new models.
“But while so many live in need, we must do better. To accept the status quo would be to turn our back on the millions of Americans seeking self-sufficiency and the pursuit of happiness.”
—Heather Reynolds – CEO
of people in Fort Worth live
below the poverty line
children live in poverty in
of Texas households have
It’s time we find a brand new way to end poverty.
We need to start on a new trajectory that has the potential to truly transform the lives of the people we serve. That’s the idea behind the Padua Pilot.
A new definition about what it really means to be out of poverty. A new assumption that removes the stigmas surrounding poverty and is honest about the challenges the poor face. A new kind of collaboration that brings together our best efforts.
What if we told you that with Padua, an end to poverty is achievable?
of adults in the U.S. have no
high school diploma or GED
of adolescents have a better chance of
improving their situation by earning a college degree
of jobs require education
beyond high school
Education shouldn’t be a privilege.
Learning is what enriches our lives and helps us discover our passions and potential. Higher education is one of the most effective weapons for fighting poverty.
Our Stay the Course Program provides low-income and new-to-college students with comprehensive social support and emergency financial assistance. We’ve partnered with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame to conduct and analyze the research so we can better understand why students drop out of school.
Stay the Course addresses the big picture. What makes low-income students more likely to drop out? What can we do to support them? How can we close the education gaps?