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Center for Working Families

Earn it, Keep it, Grow it

The Centers for Working Families (CWF) are friendly neighborhood centers where hardworking, low-income families (such as Brenda's) can access a full range of services to help lift them out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability.

Built on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, CWF provides people with the tools they need to increase their income (“EARN IT”), reduce expenses (“KEEP IT”), and build wealth (“GROW IT”) for their families. The CWF network in Indianapolis is composed of eight neighborhood based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future.

CWF provides low-income, working families with services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. By bundling such programs, the centers can provide one-stop convenience for families in search of help, a coaching approach which has produced gains in job placement, net income, and credit score gains of Indianapolis families

Services at each center provide a framework to help people gain and maintain employment and increase their earning potential; sign up for public benefits and earned income tax credits for which they are eligible; and increase their financial literacy skills with one-on-one coaching so they can build their assets long-term through savings and home ownership.

The Center for Working Families network consists of seven United Way agencies and Ivy Tech Community College -- John H. Boner Community Center, Flanner House of Indianapolis, Hawthorne Community Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Edna Martin Christian Center, Southeast Community Services and Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Inc. (CAFÉ).

You can learn more about the program at cwfindy.org.