Founded in 1998, LIFT is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending intergenerational poverty. Since then, we have helped 100,000 low-income individuals achieve their goals. Today we connect hardworking parents and caregivers of young children to the people, tools and resources they need. LIFT operates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty. By fostering relationships between low-income parents and caregivers of young children (members) and dedicated volunteers (coaches), we help families build the personal well-being, social connections and financial strength to secure basic needs and achieve long-term goals and aspirations, like a safe home, living wages or a better education. Headquartered in the nation’s capital, LIFT is also committed to developing strong partnerships with a range of partners on national issues vital to a better future for children and families. To learn more, visit www.liftcommunities.org.
LIFT-Chicago partners with families from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, including Englewood and Washington Park, where more than half of residents live in deep poverty and are afflicted by high levels of violent crime. LIFT-Chicago provides services that foster financial strength, personal well-being, and social connections, so that member-parents feel safe, supported, and can buy back important time to focus on their children's futures and development. By stabilizing families, LIFT-Chicago stabilizes whole communities, so that parents can support one another, find meaningful, gainful employment, and break the cycle of poverty, an essential part of breaking the cycle of violence. LIFT envisions a Chicago in which all children feel safe, secure, and prepared for the future. By investing in today's parents, we invest in tomorrow's stable, peaceful communities.