The Centers for Working Families (CWF) are friendly neighborhood centers where hardworking, low income families can access a full range of services to help lift them out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability. In Indianapolis, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation oversees the seven local sites.
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 seven neighborhood based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future – not only getting a job, but a career; not only meeting expenses, but saving for their first home.
CWF provides low-income, working families with services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. These services are delivered in an integrated model – while participants pursue career goals and develop new skills, they are also learning to navigate complex public benefit programs, reduce debt, build credit, and save for their future.