The urban university Board of Directors recently conducted strategic planning to identify our organizational priorities for 2014-2016 that would support our overall goal of expanding our impact on single moms living in poverty in the East Bay community. Our 2014 – 2016 strategic priorities include:
- Launching a sister urban furniture warehouse to support the expansion of the Single Moms at Work program, and
- Establishing an urban learning center to offer single moms in the larger East Bay community personal and professional development workshops.
While the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan prioritizes our available resources to meet single moms’ needs, we will continue to build our capacity to expand our programs to serve single dads living in poverty. Our long-term strategy is to create a holistic program model capable of addressing single parents’ full range of needs, from accessing job training to securing stable employment and housing.
We will continue to work to improve the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals through entrepreneurial pathways and enterprises. Beyond 2016, we aspire to create, in addition to our existing retail establishments, multiple transitional employment platforms for single parents (e.g., urban childcare, urban administrative services agency, urban hospitality center). We are striving towards becoming a fully financially self-sustaining nonprofit organization as we create jobs for the community.