The Community and Economic Empowerment Program provides low income and moderate income survivors of interpersonal violence with education, skills and resources to achieve long term safety and financial stability. Our staff understand the deep interconnections between poverty and violence, through our direct work with domestic violence victims as they struggle to eliminate financial barriers in their life. We know that long term safety is linked directly to whether a survivor can become economically stabilized.
Individual Economic Advocacy:
Individual support and advocacy is available for survivors to assist with developing long term economic security. Our Advocates have expertise helping survivors develop realistic budgets, assist with building and repairing credit, engage in employment planning, provide housing advocacy and resolve the practical problems of living that have resulted from the abuse.
Safe, affordable housing is available for up to two years to assist survivors in achieving long term safety and economic security. While in housing, our staff provide intensive support and advocacy to help build a realistic plan that will result in accessing and maintaining employment, addressing credit and debt issues, as well as accessing transportation and other resources necessary to support themselves and their children.
Matched Savings Accounts:
Once participants complete our financial literacy curriculum, they have the opportunity to apply for a matched savings account. While working with an Advocate, the participant will be given the opportunity to save for a specific asset: a home, automobile, continued education, home repairs, or small business. Our program will match a participant’s savings up to $1,500 for a total of $6,000 that can be used toward an asset.
Comprehensive financial literacy classes are available utilizing the evidenced based model, REAP (Realizing your Economic Action Plan). REAP is an innovative 12-hour group economic education curriculum specifically designed for low-income women experiencing domestic violence. It provides core financial information on budgeting, credit, banking and investing with an emphasis on safety planning and stabilization.
Job Readiness and Employment Planning:
Cornerstone staff provide focused support to help educate employed women about the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. In addition to our focus on job retention, we also help under-employed or unemployed survivors put together resumes, facilitate employment connections and jobs, and develop career pathways.
Our Community and Economic Empowerment Services also provide a number of critical support groups available for survivors of interpersonal violence as they move through recovery and healing. For Information on our Support Groups, click here.
Call Cornerstone at 952-884-0376 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with a Community Services Advocate.