United Way of Central Indiana Endorses Centers for Working Families Model

UWCI President Ann Murtlow

LISC and United Way collaborate to pave path forward for working families in Indianapolis

Ann Murtlow, President and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), announced a partnership with LISC to benefit working families in Indianapolis.

Since 2007, LISC has invested $4.5 million to implement the CWF model in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has funded CWF since 2007 through the Family Success Initiative, providing annual operating grants to the CWF network.

LISC currently operates six CWF neighborhood centers and a center at Ivy Tech Community College, providing bundled services to empower working families to earn, keep and grow income and financial stability. Through March of 2014, the program has served more than 10,000 Indianapolis families, placed over 1,877 people in jobs and assisted 1,332 households increase net income.

Leadership from UWCI, LISC and the Indianapolis Foundation celebrated the opening of the eighth site located at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ) today.

The Board of directors of UWCI voted on May 28, 2014 to adopt the Centers for Working Families (CWF) model as a primary strategy for supporting their goal of increasing income for families living at or near poverty. United Way’s decision was based on a growing body of evidence that this model is effective when practiced consistently over an extended period of time. United Way has committed to support the long term sustainability and growth of the CWF network with an initial investment of  $700,000 from their 2014-2015 budget.

To learn more about Indianapolis Centers for Working Families, contact Senior Program Officer Thomas Orr.