BridgeBuilders WORK Highlighted in Working Families Success Model Cohort

 Vonda Harris, a BridgeBuilders achievement coach, with Wende Burton, CFT's Community Philanthrophy Director, after a recent cohort meeting. 

Vonda Harris, a BridgeBuilders achievement coach, with Wende Burton, CFT's Community Philanthrophy Director, after a recent cohort meeting. 

Our BridgeBuilders WORK team is participating in the first year of a prestigious multi-year Working Families Success cohort with the Communities Foundation of Texas. BridgeBuilders, along with 8 other agencies from across North Texas, are working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Working Families Success model in order to bring integrated services more easily to families who are in critical need of support. This framework brings together employment services, income support, and financial coaching facilitating a near one-stop shop for those who looking to overcome barriers and gain financial self-sufficiency.

The WORK program team was highlighted in a recent meeting for being one of only two agencies of the cohort to have successfully completed and implemented their prototype model for financial coaching. Our prototype consisted of two components: financial education and financial coaching  First, through our partnership with Texas Capital Bank, students in all of our classes receive financial education and literacy training. Students learn basic financial vocabulary, work through a daily spending sheet to see where their money is going, put together a budget, run a credit report on themselves, and more. Following this basic financial literacy training, students then meet one-on-one with our achievement coaches to help them accomplish their personal financial goals. Each of our achievement coaches have been trained and certified as financial coaches, giving them expertise when it comes to serving our clients in helping them understand their money and how they can become self-sufficient.

The WORK team is understandably excited to be affirmed in this accomplishment. Mr. Lee, our WORK director, says, “The coaching piece is vital to empowering our clients. Though this model, they will be able to take ownership and have their dignity restored.” BridgeBuilders is excited to participate in this amazing cohort and we look forward to our continued learning and work alongside the other participants.