• The Founder's Story

    "When I was small, my own family would have been labeled 'the working poor.' We lived in public housing in Richmond. My father worked in an "ice house" making ice. We had one used car that my father serviced and repaired himself. My mother stretched my father's small check as far as she could. She made shirts for me and skirts and blouses for my sisters. We rarely ate out."

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  • *United Way Self-Sufficiency Report, 2009

  • Did you know that grandmothers are powerful job recruiters?

    We all know that many of these wonderful women play important roles in the lives of their grandchildren.  They provide a sense of family history, a listening ear, new skill sets, emotional support and wisdom.

    At the Strive for Change Foundation, we’ve learned that grandmothers are often one of the best referral sources for recruiting candidates to the job and career training programs offered by the nonprofit groups we fund!

    These wise women function not only as recruiters, but also as retention support monitors.  These grandmothers point their young family members who are “hanging out on the couch” in the direction of our programs; they inspire them to attend the rigorous training classes, do the work required and demonstrate their ambition to succeed.

    They are the first people case managers and career services managers of our nonprofits call if a graduate goes off the radar.

    Grandmothers, we couldn’t do it without you!

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