Ways To Work

Rating: 4.27 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 11700 W Lake Park Dr Milwaukee WI 53224 USA

Mission: The mission of Ways to Work, Inc. is to strengthen the capacity of member organizations of the Alliance to serve their communities by promoting strategies to improve the financial condition of distressed families. Our vision is a healthy society and strong communities for all children and families. Our values: • We understand that people need financial help at various times in their lives. • We assume the best about loan applicants and support them in living up to their highest aspirations. • We believe people want to better themselves, improve the lives of their children, and contribute to society. • We believe that small amounts of money at the right moment can make a great amount of difference in moving working poor families along the path to self-sufficiency and away from welfare and dependency. • We welcome and support applicants who exhibit a potential for success in work or school even though they may have had limited success with past credit experience. • We believe that the climate of mutual support and responsibility within informal local communities can provide built-in incentives for borrowers to repay loans.
Results: For 2013, Ways to Work, Inc. (WtW) will fund 1,400 new loans representing a loan volume of $7.8 million. In 2012, WtW funded a total of 1,305 new loans representing a total loan volume of $6.5 million. In 2011, these numbers were 1,200 and $5.8 million respectively.
Target demographics: Low-income families who earn 80% or below their geographic area's median family income.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,400 families
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: Ways to Work provides an alternativeto predatory lenders for people with a demonstrated commitment to achievingincreased self-sufficiency and intent on pursuing a higher degree of success inmainstream financial markets. The loans provided by the program are primarily used to purchase or repair a car, thus addressing a common barrier to full employment for many: reliable and flexible transportation.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Omg this is a joke. The class was ok but they are not clear on what they need from the client. They are making money off the poor. And this is a state program.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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5 people found this review helpful

The class I took for this program was very informational and helped me learn how to read my credit report. There were many guidelines and tips given on ways to improve credit. The handouts were helpful in that I've had reference them to refresh my memory. For example, during my car search I referenced the handouts to be enlightened on car history, car insurance and things of that nature. Even though my search for a car seemed never ending, tiring, and frustrating I was able to find the perfect car for me. Being in this program allowed me to purcase my first vehicle. I think the Ways to Work organization is great and has changed my life for the best.

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This organization enabled me to purchase a 2000 Chevy Malibu with only 62,000 miles on it. With this car I'm able to travel to and from work and drop kids off as well as pick them up. I was able to keep my job and not stress about finding a ride.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about credit reports

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Because of the Ways to Work program, I was able to obtain reliable transportation for my family. This program enabled me to get back and forth to school and work. I have since earned a degree at an accredited university and haved been at my current organization for almost three years now. I have also learned the importance of budgeting and learning how to manage my finances through the credit education that is offered through the program. My credit score have increased 60 points since my intial start with the Ways to Work program. I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me through the Ways to Work program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

benefiting my family's life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise it more

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

services that I received

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff is nice, professional and very involved in your their clients' well-being.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

advertise its program a lot more, which in turn will give access to individuals looking to purchase a vehicle, but may not have the finances nor adequate score to do so.

Ways to make it better...

my experience was great

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

only word of mouth advertising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been doing well to get ahead and achieve self sufficiency through maintaining employment and meeting all of my short term goals. When I got to where I wanted to be, which was with a Physicians Office in Clinton, Iowa, I was satisfied with my acheivements and knew that I was on the right path. Unfortunately, my positive experience turned into a hardship. My vehicle was lost due to engine failure. Being a single mother, with lots of unsecured debt, I had no where to turn for someone to lend me an efficient amount to purchase a vehicle. Until I heard of the ways to work program, I was going to be back where I had started. I wash sure to lose my job if I didn't have the transportation. Fortunately, with the help of my Ways to Work counselor, Pat, we were able to discuss a budget, set up a payment plan and expect to increase my credit score significantly within the two years of paying off the loan. I am beyond greatful for the help and the opportunity to become a responsible consumer, a committed employee and a good mother to my children. And it all comes back to having the a Way to Work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

outstanding dergree. I am very greatful for their understanding and support for people like me who ere unaware of how much an impact it is to have a decent track record of past loans, accounts held with guarantors and on-time payment making.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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11 people found this review helpful

The Ways to Work Program has improved my families quality of life by allowing me to purchase a minivan met the needs of my growing family. The counselor was professional and not judgemental. He also provided lot of good information. Information about the the program is easy to understand.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to purchase a minivan that met my families needs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

My name is Tywonna Laney-Johnson and I am a client of Ways to Work program. Prior to applying for this program, my family had went through many obstacles. It was very difficult in getting a ride to and from work even if we paid the individual. It was hard getting to many appointments in a timely manner, and in some cases we had to catch multiple buses. Not to mention getting up extra early to get the grand baby off to daycare, and getting to work on time. I had completely lost faith in everyone and anything within my community. Usually you have to jump through hoops in order to reap the rewards. This was not the case when I decided to apply for the services of this program. This program restored faith within my family that there are still valid programs in the community that is willing to help people like us in need. This program allowed for my family to get to all appointments on time in addition to getting to work everyday. The Staff members of this program are awesome individuals. They make you feel like a human being and go above and beyond to assist in helping the individual with meeting the requirements of the program. They did not discourage me in form, shape or fashion. They did not look down on me because of past mistakes in my finances. This really meant a lot to me, because I did not need anyone to prejudge me. Instead, I needed help for me and my family. I have recommended this program to so many of my single friends that have gone through similar situations like my family. This is a very good program within our community, and it should be recognized as the most effective program in the non for profit arena! Ways to Work has shown my family that there are people that do care about the community, and they want to see people do well on all levels! I thank GOD for this program, and its amazing Staff members!

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My family and I have reliable transportation to meet our needs! We did not have to jump through a lot of hoops in order to participate. We did meet the requirements for this program, and the staff made it happen for us!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what they do best! Provide outstanding service for Single women with families in need!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The awesome Staff Outstanding Service

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

WONDERFUL! AMAZING! PROFESSIONAL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to provide more services to its customers base, Single Women with families!

Ways to make it better...

I had a great experience throughout my entire process!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not being recognized enough for such a wonderful job that they are doing for people in the community!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very thankful for Ways to Work, and its staff members!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My name is Richetta Jackson and I am a client of the ways to work program. If it wasn't for this program I don't think I would be driving right now. The program really helped me out a lot. I can now take my children to and from their events when I have to. No more calling around and offering gas money! The program gave my family our independence back. I would, or should I say I have, recommended this program to every single women I know that's having transportation problems. This is great program. Thank you to all that make this possible.

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My family went through a tough situation about a month ago and the staff at ways to work sent me a sympathy card. I never knew any company or business to do that. The company I work for didn't even take the time to show sympathy. How cool is that?

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The compassion is sincere. They really care about you as a person not just a client.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AWESOME!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really help more single parents that's trying to find and keep full time employment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have worked for Ways to Work for about two years. We empower women by helping working mothers with poor credit obtain auto loans for the purchase or repair of a vehicle. These women would be unable to obtain a loan from other sources, or if they would qualify for a loan, their credit would force them to pay a much higher interest rate. I've heard many great stories about how getting reliable transportation has helped our clients by allowing them to get more involved in their children's lives, permitting them to further their education and giving them the opportunity to obtain better employment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles of clients as they close their loans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Ways To Work is a great resource for working women in our community. The program helps women who may not otherwise be able to buy a car or qualify for an additional loan. Ways To Work helps make their lives easier while rebuiding their credit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have recently become involved in the program and am very impressed with the way it helps women repair their credit, teaches financial literacy and helps them purchase or repair an automobile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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