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Grant from Butler Foundation Supports Mobility Mentoring

Published on October 5, 2018  |  Written by Vikki Reich

We are excited to announce that the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation awarded The Family Partnership $250,000 to expand an innovative new program of The Family Partnership—Mobility Mentoring.

Mobility Mentoring is an evidence-based coaching strategy designed to help participants improve the executive functioning skills they need to get – and keep – their first job, or complete a college degree. This funding will allow us to hire two additional Mobility Mentors to work with clients connected to The Family Partnership preschools and in-home parenting programming.

Early in 2018, The Family Partnership piloted Mobility Mentoring in our PRIDE (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality) program thanks to financial support from The Rotary Club of Minneapolis. PRIDE has always provided direct services for healing and empowerment. With Mobility Mentoring, PRIDE supports survivors in developing the tools and skills to change their economic circumstances. In the few short months that the program has been in place, PRIDE victim/survivors have stabilized their housing and two victim/survivors started degree programs this fall at Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Participants in TFP programs report amazing results:

  • 3,700 children & adults with no or inadequate health insurance received mental health services;
  • 94% of our preschool graduates test ready for kindergarten; and
  • 78% of PRIDE participants continue to live a life free of trafficking.

Yet without economic advancement, poverty erodes these gains. Evidence-based Mobility Mentoring is an integral part of The Family Partnership’s commitment to clear the path for poor and working-class families to have access to attain higher levels of education, income, savings, and housing.

Funding from the Butler Family Foundation and the Minneapolis Rotary make programs like Mobility Mentoring possible, and we are incredibly grateful for their investment in the success of the families working hard to move to self-sufficiency, and ultimately, to prosperity!

In the video below, PRIDE Program Director Lorena Pinto describes the impact of this exciting new program – Mobility Mentoring.

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