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 through a continuum of success from cradle to career by providing resources to the entire family through community collaboration. The Prosperity Initiative is implemented through Catholic Social Services in partnership with Love INC. This program has three components:
Prosperity Coaches Network
We train and certify “Prosperity Coaches” in our community. These coaches receive in depth training in the dynamics of poverty in our community. They learn research-based methods for enhancing outcomes when working with those who are struggling. We host a monthly meeting to continue training and networking to learn the latest resources available to those we are working with. Perhaps the most exciting benefit of becoming a Prosperity Coach is the ability to refer clients into our direct service program: Pathways to Prosperity. We utilize this amazing network of individuals to help those we serve. We also learn how to frame our work so that it brings us joy and meaning. Prosperity Coaches meet monthly to network, learn about resources, and share client updates. Coaches bring their training back to their businesses and agencies and assist in educating others and shaping policies to better serve those in need.
Direct Service to Individuals and Families
We provide intensive, customized mentoring to individuals and families who are ready to leave the crisis of poverty. We use research-based methods to build relationships and connect people to community services and established community partners who help to remove obstacles to their success. We focus on stability in housing, transportation and childcare, and then on obtaining the job, skill, or education necessary to earn a livable wage to provide for their families.
- The Prosperity Initiative is committed to making the Rapid City community “Poverty Informed.” We offer trainings to area schools, businesses, and agencies. We discuss the dynamics of poverty, local statistics, and how to help overcome barriers. We customize the trainings to each audience. If you would like to schedule a Poverty 101 presentation, please contact Tracy Palecek at (605) 348-6086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Social Services and LoveINC have been selected to be the anchor agencies for the John T. Vucurevich Foundation’s Prosperity Initiative. For more information call Catholic Social Services at (605) 348-6086.