January 18, 2010
Advance Memphis provides a holistic, community-based resource center for low-income adults in the heart of inner-city Memphis. Because Advance puts personal relationships and a long term commitment to a single local community at the forefront of their ministry, clients from the most difficult demographics in terms of employment have found real success in their careers and in their financial lives. Advance provides top notch soft-skills job training and financial literacy classes in a small group setting, one-on-one budget counseling, computer classes, job referral services, Individual Development Accounts, and free pscyhological counseling. Graduates of Advance's program are proud to be a part of the work, and consistently return to volunteer and even to use their new found employment to help others from the neighborhood. Several graduates have gone on to become employees at Advance. As a former staff member, I saw single mothers and young ex-felons who had been to numerous large government funded welfare-to-work programs with little to no success find the relationships, the education, and the long term encouragement they needed to find and keep jobs.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the opportunity to meet low income adults from my home city who are working hard to change their lives, and finding the strength to do so through a faith-based non-profit that is committed to seeing a stronger local community.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
absolutely committed to the dignity of the poor. Much community work is done with an implicit needs/deficit framework that actually undermines the foundation of economic development. Advance empowers people to use God's gifts as people made in His image.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I taught the job preparedness course and helped graduates find jobs.