Create safer workplaces for mothers working in low-wage janitorial, hotel and farmworker jobs by building partnerships between anti-violence and workers rights advocates, developing resources that cut across industries and aligning with federal efforts to reduce violence in the workplace
Improve employment, educational, and economic stability and wellness outcomes for parents and children together through advancing a family-centered coaching framework, standards, curriculum, and set of tools adopted by cross-sector stakeholders serving families
Enable the organization to achieve its mission of providing multi-layered support, guidance, education and love to youth; teach them to have self-discipline and form order in their lives; and to offer opportunities and access so that they may develop agency by providing general operating support
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.