Mission: To align collaborative approaches to move people who aspire to break the cycle of poverty through a continuum of success from cradle to career.
Vision: A poverty informed community working from a common framework to help people achieve prosperity.
What is the Prosperity Initiative?
- It is a vision created by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation that strives to move families in Rapid City from poverty to prosperity by providing resources to the entire family from CRADLE TO CAREER through community collaboration.
- CSS is able to provide community education on “Poverty 101” or root causes on poverty and how to effectively break poverty barriers. If you are interested in scheduling a training for your agency or service group, please call CSS to learn about the range of topics available.
Working with Families
- The Prosperity Initiative is developing a program for people who want to obtain a skill, a trade, or an education so they can transition from poverty to prosperity by earning a LIVABLE wage. The participants will be matched with a volunteer who will provide mentoring and supportive services to the family through their journey.
Who is Involved?
Individuals from organizations serving populations from Cradle to Career in Rapid City have the opportunity to be trained as a “Prosperity Coach.” Prosperity Coaches assist in making Rapid City a more poverty informed community by increasing poverty awareness in their own agency and as well as the broader community. The coaches participate in monthly meetings to discuss ways Rapid City can decrease our poverty and increase our prosperity.
Volunteers will receive training to equip them with the information and tools on how to work meaningfully with people in poverty. A volunteer will be matched with a person (and their family) who will be working towards their skill, trade, or education. The volunteer will serve as a mentor and support for the person through their program.
Catholic Social Services in partnership with LoveINC have been selected to be the anchor agencies for the John T. Vucurevich’s Prosperity Initiative. For more information call Catholic Social Services at (605) 348-6086.