Lawrence Families Initiative

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Partnering with families for economic stability and success!
The Lawrence Working Families Initiative is a groundbreaking effort to link the families of Lawrence Public Schools students with resources to access employment and advance economically.    

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Close to 647 school network participants, 460 parents coached, connected, or referred. Over 177 parents enrolled in training or education programs.  More than 40 non-profit, public sector, and employer partners have supported the Initiative with placing more than 160 parents into local jobs.
Thank you to our partners at Lawrence City Hall, Lawrence Community Works, Jewish Vocational Services, The Community Group, Notre Dame Career Center, Child Development and Education, Valley Works, Lawrence Partnership, Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence Public Library, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Family Community Resource Center, and many more who continue to support and provide our Lawrence families with career trainings, job placements and outreach services.   

This is one way the Family Resource Center is working to support the success and stability of our LPS families.  The average wage increase for parents getting placed through our programs is over 25%
LWFI Documentary: 
Please check out our new documentary by talented local company Tower Hill Films, following two of our parents as they experience different elements of LWFI.  It's a powerful viewing experience!  Click the link here:    THF:
We can help you with:
  • Job search assistance
  • Resources and guidance for establishing a family budget
  • Information to acquire or establish housing
  • Resources for higher education and job skills training
  • Coaching and Family Support
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Coaching Services:
We offer Financial and Life Coaching to collaborate with parents as they strive to achieve family financial stability and success. A coach’s purpose is to support and equip parents to establish and achieve their financial and life goals, from jobs and careers to personal money management.
How is coaching done?
Coaching is conducted through one-on-one conversations where the individual identifies their goals, and is assisted in creating a plan of action. The coach conducts an assessment of their skills and available resources that are useful in achieving desired outcomes. As a trusted advisor, the coach encourages and cultivates the individual’s continued growth. 
What our partners are saying:
“The Lawrence Working Families Initiative has partnered with us to help Lawrence parents to be able to afford to do this program.  We are helping people have their dreams come true!” Sr. Eileen Burns, SNDdeN-Executive Director
“It is an honor and a privilege to work with the LPS parents.  I am confident that through our continue collaborative efforts, there will be many job opportunities in the future for the LPS parents and the LPS community.  AHC is so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.” Nancy Aldrich-President
“I am very happy with the work Jennifer is doing.  She is efficient, punctual and professional.” Abel Vargas, Former Director of Business and Economic Development-City of Lawrence
“I enjoyed the event! Great Job!”- LPS Parent
“Beyond my expectations”- LPS Parent
“Thank you for making this information available to us parents” – LPS Parent
“What an amazing event”- LPS Parent
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