The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) is proud to announce the appointment of five new members to serve on the board of directors, bringing its three-year term membership to 16.
“We are excited about these volunteers lending their leadership to support TCWFI. We are in a fast-paced time as we work to expand and improve workforce development according to our strategic plan which goes through 2020. Sydney, Helen, David, Jessica and Catherine each brings a unique perspective and set of skills including banking, law, technology and non-profit to benefit more families who need it most,” said Che D. Watkins, President & CEO. TCWFI Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rebecca Wallace added, “These appointments complement our existing board, and we look forward to building on the strengths of our stakeholders to become the go-to workforce development organization on the southside.”
Sydney Boggess is a two time graduate of West Virginia University. She holds a M.A. in Professional Accountancy and a B.S.B.A. in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude). Boggess currently serves as an Account Manager – Cash and Investments at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she held various positions at Johnson Lambert LLP having been promoted from Senior Associate to Manager. She began her career in accounting at Dixon Hughes Goodman. Boggess is a champion for change. Through a local nonprofit she co-founded, Service Forward, she is dedicated to matching young Atlanta professionals to service projects.
Helen Cease works at SunTrust Bank as a Senior Relationship Manager and has 35 years of experience in commercial banking experience in the Atlanta area. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University. Helen currently serves on Sheltering Arms Board and Chairs its Financial Committee. Previous board membership include Quality Care for Children, Communities in Schools of Atlanta and Atlanta Technical College. She and her husband have three adult daughters.
David Correa is Vice President, Relationship Manager, leading a team of commercial banking professionals with Bank of America, and has been in banking since 2004. Prior to that, he worked with M’Eco Flora, a fresh cut flower importer in the USA and South America. Correa holds a Masters degree in Corporate Finance from Georgia State University, and he graduated from The University of Georgia where he majored in Management. David is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a member of The Association for Corporate Growth, The Georgia Association of Manufacturers, and The World Affairs Council of Atlanta. In addition, David is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jessica Dudley is a results driven strategy professional. Dudley started her career at KIPP South Fulton Academy where she helped the organization achieve a $37,000 operational budget surplus. She’s provided her expertise in customer service and sales strategy at companies such as Accenture, Delta Airlines, and IBM. Dudley currently serves as an Associate at Ultimate Software. Jessica is a sought after leader in the Atlanta community. She is a member of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2017 and Junior League of Atlanta. She was selected as a 2017 Georgia Forward Young Gamechanger participant as well as volunteers her time with Georgia Cares as a hotline operator. Dudley is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Catherine Mattingly is Associate Counsel at Interface, Inc., a global leader in the design and production of carpet tiles. Prior to joining Interface, she was an Associate at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and a member of its corporate and securities practice and mergers and acquisitions team. She graduated with honors from Furman University with a B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She also holds a JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a mentor to the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit School and participates in the Georgia Law Alumni and Professional Mentorship Program.
THE CENTER FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND NEW HOPE ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCE MERGER
Philanthropic community responds with more than $650,000 in early investments towards a $1.6 million merger capital campaign.
Atlanta, GA (April 2017) – The Center for Working Families, a ten-year old workforce organization whose mission is to advance the economic security of hard-working families and their children through workforce development, economic supports and asset building announces it has merged with New Hope Enterprises (founded in 2009). Both nonprofits have operated independently to help disadvantaged individuals and families out of poverty through soft skills training and other support services, and in the process, established reputations as two of Atlanta’s leading workforce development agencies addressing place-based needs. The consolidated organization will operate as The Center for Working Families, Inc.
“We strongly believe that as one organization, we strengthen our position as Atlanta’s thought and practice leader in workforce development, and become the go-to for those with employment barriers and challenges in underserved communities,” said Ché Watkins, President and CEO.
Collaboration began in 2010 starting with cross-referrals, and by 2012 the organizations had begun joint service delivery as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Workforce Partnership, a 12-week training program designed to create pathways for individuals to be hired into full-time clinical and administrative positions within Grady Health System. In 2015, they began to formally explore merger options in response to queries from the philanthropic community with guidance and funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and consulting support from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Most of 2016 was spent in due diligence, and the merger became official on February 1 of this year. The funding community has embraced the merger with more than $600,000 pledged to date, including a just announced $250,000 gift from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation.
“Though much time and hard work has been spent on this merger, the decision to do it was an easy one after coming out of our strategic planning process,” said Rebecca Wallace, Chair of The Center for Working Families. “And we’ve never looked back. Not only do our services, staff and cultures blend together perfectly, the two boards of directors have been on the same page since day one.”
Indeed, both organizations’ programs and growth intentions are highly complementary, focused on workforce development in Atlanta’s deepest areas of need and providing training, employment, and supportive services. NHE delivers a national model for soft skills in STRIVE. The Center adds an additional layer through its coaching model, enhancing participants’ support both before and after employment. The integrated model was launched after the merger in February, with its first STRIVE class graduating 29 participants before entering one of three offered hard skills training options (construction, certified nursing and Microsoft operations).
“We complement each other in such a way that together we become a more dynamic, sustainable organization that expands our reach and deepens the impact for families and individuals,” says Angele Hawkins, Board member and NHE founder. “It really is a perfect marriage.”
With a history of serving primarily five neighborhoods in one of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units (NPU-V), the Center is now readied to expand its footprint including the Westside, where New Hope had been serving since 2014, and further, along the south Atlanta corridor.
“For the first time in years, there is a surge of development projects on the Southside of Atlanta, but currently no coordinated effort to ensure its residents have access, training, and connection to employment opportunities,” adds Watkins. “Now, The Center for Working Families can help to fill that void.”
About The Center for Working Families
The mission of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (“the Center”) is to advance economic success for hard-working families and their children through workforce development, economic supports and asset building. Launched in 2006 with support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Center provides a holistic bundle of services including soft and hard skills training programs, financial literacy and asset building and workforce development designed to meet the needs of families living in Atlanta including the Westside and Southside neighborhoods.
Bank of America Provides $400K, Partners with The Center for Working Families and the Atlanta Music Project to Boost Job Training, Employment and Education Opportunities for Underserved Families in Atlanta.
Support comes as part of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders® program, which empowers nonprofits to address pressing community challenges.
Atlanta, GA (November 2016) – Bank of America has announced The Center for Working Families and the Atlanta Music Project as 2016 Neighborhood Builders. The nonprofits are being recognized for their work in underserved neighborhoods in south and west Atlanta, which in turn supports the sustainable growth of the community. Through Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders), the bank provides each nonprofit with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in the Atlanta community.
“The Center for Working Families and the Atlanta Music Project exemplify the critical role that nonprofits and their leaders play to build thriving communities and pathways to economic progress in Atlanta,” said Wendy Stewart, Atlanta market president, Bank of America. “These organizations are a part of a simultaneous effort to support working parents and their children. Working parents and those seeking employment benefit from The Center for Working Families’ Two Generation (2G) approach of providing job training and family supports for its clients, while elementary through high school students benefit from the creative and rigorous music education that the Atlanta Music Project offers.”
As a Neighborhood Builder, The Center for Working Families will further its mission to help unemployed and underemployed individuals gain family-supporting jobs, advance careers or education while helping Atlanta meet its ever growing demand for a well-trained workforce. The organization plans to build its workforce development staff, including a new workforce development manager to help galvanize support, volunteers and fundraising.
Since opening, The Center for Working Families has served more than 10,000 families. They have placed participants in more than 2,000 family-supporting jobs and connected over 4,000 households to income enhancing benefits which have returned more than $7.3 million to the community. Despite the challenges for families living in neighborhood planning areas, the organization has quickly risen to be best in class at placing vulnerable populations in jobs that lead to economic independence.
“Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant will jumpstart our expanded workforce development strategy, resulting in new employer partnerships, enhanced soft and hard skills training programs and ultimately, stronger employment and retention outcomes for families,” said Che D. Watkins, President and CEO, The Center for Working Families. “We can’t underscore the importance of this funding enough, not just for the Center, but for the community at large. The Neighborhood Builders grant will allow us to increase our footprint to serve even more families who share the same desires and aspirations as those with means – safety for themselves and their children, gainful employment and a thriving community.”
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth in their neighborhoods. Serving 250 students at five sites, the Atlanta Music Project provides instruments, a teaching artist, classes and numerous public performance opportunities. Its impact has been widely recognized. In 2016 the White House named the Atlanta Music Project one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the nation.
The Atlanta Music Project will leverage Neighborhood Builders’ networking access and grant money to begin an effort to build a new headquarters, coinciding with the continued revitalization of the south and west sides of the city. In the spirit of a community music conservatory, the Atlanta Music Project headquarters will eventually house rehearsal spaces, performance facilities, classrooms and office space.
“We are humbled and ecstatic to be the recipients of a 2016 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant,” said Dantes Rameau, Co-Founder and Executive Director, the Atlanta Music Project. “This award is the funding catalyst that will allow us to establish the headquarters space we’ve dreamt about, right in the neighborhoods we serve. We look forward to continuing our contributions to the community through music for many years to come. Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for their support and partnership.”
Since 2004, through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has helped nonprofits increase impact in their communities and better prepare for the future by providing the tools and resources they need to develop stronger strategic plans, navigate tough economic times and enhance funding opportunities. Since the program’s inception, the bank has invested more than $5 million across 24 Atlanta area non-profits. Awardees are selected by a local market selection committee of community leaders from diverse sectors. Previous Neighborhood Builders include Atlanta Mission, Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta, Covenant House Georgia, Families First, Our House and Open Hand.
“The Neighborhood Builders award has not only financially helped us to significantly impact our work but one of the greatest gifts of the award is it’s excellent leadership training for myself and an emerging leader on our team,” said James H. Reese, President and CEO, Atlanta Mission, a 2015 recipient. “This training and exposure to other great leaders from across the country has helped me in thinking even more about achieving larger impact and how to accomplish it.”
Neighborhood Builders epitomizes the bank’s work to address issues fundamental to economic mobility in order to build strong communities and illustrates how strong cross-sector partnerships and local community leaders can play a meaningful role in positioning communities for success. Nationally, the bank has given $180 million to 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders. The program has been recognized as the nation’s largest philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership development.
About The Center for Working Families
The mission of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) is to advance economic success for hard-working families and their children through workforce development, economic supports and asset building. Launched in 2006 with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, TCWFI provides a holistic bundle of services including soft and hard skills training, workforce development, housing counseling, legal advocacy and financial literacy and asset building programs designed to meet the needs of families living in Atlanta’s Southside neighborhoods.
About Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance
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Atlanta, GA (May, 2016) – The Center for Working Families held its third annual breakfast fundraiser, Morning of Inspiration, on Monday, May 2, 2016 at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 175 supporters, donors, partners and friends attended the event.
“We’re happy to say that our Morning of Inspiration annual breakfast was a success,” said Che Watkins, President and CEO. “We were especially excited to showcase the impact of our programs and services in our 10th anniversary year, and welcome so many new friends to the organization.”
The breakfast raised over $30,000 to support the Center’s training programs including:
- Job Readiness: a four-week soft skills training program.
- Generation Atlanta: a six-week retail and customer service hard skills training program for young adults ages 18-29.
- Construction Ready at the Center: a four-week construction and CDL/B hard skills training program.
An event highlight, the workforce roundtable with panelists Sarah Batts, President – Junior League of Atlanta, Cinda Herndon-King, Director – Atlanta CareerRise and Keith Parker, General Manager – MARTA. The event also included an interactive, high-energy financial crisis simulation – Can You Make it Through the Month? presented by PNC Bank – that raised $8,000 in less than 15 minutes.
Event sponsors: PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, with in-kind venue support from The Gathering Spot. Table Sponsors: Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Atlantic Capital Bank, Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, Emily Slaughter Community Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Grant Park Neighborhood Association. Individual Table Sponsors: Jen Bennecke, Kaye Morgan-Curtis, Helen Parker and Rebecca and Don Wallace.
About The Center for Working Families
The mission of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) is to ensure economic success for hard-working families and their children through workforce development, economic supports and asset building. Launched in 2006 with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, TCWFI provides a holistic bundle of services including soft and hard skills training, workforce development, housing counseling, legal advocacy, microenterprise training and financial literacy and asset building programs designed to meet the needs of families living in Atlanta’s Southside neighborhoods.
The Center for Working Families, Inc. Receives U.S Department of Justice Byrne Memorial Planning Grant
Grant will support the development of a community-based approach to crime mitigation in the Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlanta, GA (November 2015) – The Center for Working Families, Inc. with a network of partners has received a $155,522 planning grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to address the root causes of cyclical poverty and crime that continue to plague the Peoplestown neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. Named The Coalition for the Revitalization of Peoplestown, key partners include the Atlanta Police Department, Mason West Group, The Art of Community and Dr. Keith A. Woods (Emory University).
Community partners include Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation (PRC), The Study Hall, A Trip to Remember, American Friends Service Committee, Talented Tenth, Atlanta Restorative Justice Center, One Step Counseling Center and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.