Poverty, at its core, centers around a lack of economic assets — and oftentimes a lack of opportunities to gain them. As Grace Hill served more and more low-income families through its Head Start program, it needed to facilitate real pathways for families to establish long-term economic sustainability. As we grow, our ability to impact the economic conditions of our communities becomes much stronger — and necessary for families to exit the cycle of poverty.
Grace Hill is facilitating real pathways for families to establish long-term economic sustainability
Our Economic Advancement efforts bring together key partners to leverage resources for the children, families and communities we serve. At the Water Tower Hub, a financial institution (St. Louis Community Credit Union), a job training center (Connections to Success) and a business development center (our Women’s Business Center) are co-located to provide opportunities wherever one falls on the economic ladder.
Grace Hill continues to work with partners like the Credit Union, Connections, Rise Community Development, and the City of St. Louis on such efforts. We are building corporate partnerships at potential job placement sites like Aramark that show great economic development promise. And we are exploring models like the Center for Working Families to implement best practices around tying it all together.