How It Works

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What We Do

LIFT partners with high-quality early childhood organizations in each city. While these community institutions are focused on helping children develop and thrive, we concentrate on engaging and supporting their parents.

We work to build a strong, trusted relationship with each parent or caregiver. This bond is critical for the hard work that comes next. In fact, our internal data show that when LIFT works with members on their most important goals, they are three times more likely to achieve them. Family goals often include increasing savings & reducing debt, finding high-quality educational opportunities and securing jobs that can provide more economic stability.

Playing a direct role in achieving economic stability is a new element to LIFT’s approach. Instead of just limiting ourselves to navigating existing social services and referrals to other organizations, we’re expanding our work to include direct assistance. We’re trying things like matched deposits and lending circles to help parents build savings and assets.

Led by the Member

We believe our members, the parents and caregivers we serve, should be the ones guiding the work because they are the chief architects and CEOs of their own families. Our simple goal is to help them reach theirs. LIFT advocates help parents set objectives like securing a safe home, living wages and a better education. And then they connect them to the financial resources and networks they need to make those dreams a reality.