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.
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.
of people in Fort Worth live
below the poverty line
of 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 Texas have no
high school diploma or GED
more income is associated with bachelor’s degree holders when compared to those with only a high school diploma
of jobs require education
beyond high school
A community college degree is a great weapon against poverty, yet high community college dropout rates are a nationwide problem.
So, how do we reduce dropout rates and create a solution to solve this problem? Research.
We partnered with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame to create Stay the Course (STC), a research project to evaluate how case management can help low-income students persist in school and ultimately graduate, equipping them with credentials that increase earning power.
Stay the Course invests in impact, not output. We are a true completion partner in ensuring students reach graduation. This, in turn, leads to a living wage job, which in turn leads to an anti-poverty outlook, which saves our communities thousands and thousands of dollars over time.