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Causes: Financial Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: CCL partners with those held back by a lack of resource and economic opportunity in order to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential. CCL partners by (1) coaching on financial, employment and resource mobilization goals that enhance lives, (2) training and educating on coaching, capacity building, financial and workforce topics, and (3) coalition building, advocating and organizing for policy and practices that open up opportunities and resources.

Results: Between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016, 401 heads of households have been served. Of the 347 who received two or three integrated services, 63% achieved a key financial outcome: • 37 people increased their net income • 119 people increased their net worth • 138 people increased their credit score

Target demographics: those experiencing a housing or financial hardship, including homelessness,

Direct beneficiaries per year: 417 people through one on one coaching. Of these, 368 people received integrated financial services and, of these, 65% improved their financial position. These changes are indicative of employment, opportunities to rent, own or open utilities, and freedom from debt and liability that further claims their income.

Geographic areas served: Chicago

Programs: employment, financial and resource development coaching. All of CCL's work addresses the financial roots of instability through an intentional focus on mobilizing social and relational capital, increasing income, reducing expenses, and building assets and credit over time.

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Rating: 5

Center for Changing Lives is a wonderful place. I did my internship there so I got to see what most people don't get to see on a daily basis. Everyone of the staff members made me feel welcomed, and I will always be grateful for all of the knowledge each and everyone of them shared with me. I got to see that extra mile, heart, and dedication they all did and worked on in order to help their clients . It is an amazing place with wonderful staff members who love what they do, and care about helping their clients. I will always be grateful I got the chance to know, and work with such a wonderful team.