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Families need decent affordable housing and comprehensive support to move toward self-sufficiency. For the past three decades, ACHIEVEability has engaged their families in comprehensive and holistic services to promote personal growth, including the pursuit of post-secondary education. Families benefit from stable housing and personalized coaching provided by ACHIEVEability to ensure their long-term success.
Philadelphia is plagued by high poverty rates, high unemployment, and low educational attainment. The city's current poverty rate of 24% is among the highest in the nation---ranking third behind Detroit and Cleveland. (Based on US Census Bureau - American Community Survey 2006-2008). ACHIEVEability is a solution for parents who are motivated to change the future for their families.
The impact of ACHIEVEability is best told by the people who the progam has helped. Many of their stories and circumstances may be similar, yet the actions, courage, and work put into improving their own lives are all exceptional in their own right.
Living in an unheated two bedroom home with eleven other family members, Latisha knew she needed a better future for her children. She came to ACHIEVEability with her sons Sayeed and Amir. While in the program she worked on credit repair, personal development and budgeting. She made time for personal and family counseling services. In 2013, Latisha earned a bachelor’s degree from Peirce College in business administration. Today, Latisha is a small business analyst at PECO.
Tashell had a juggling act to manage full-time work and school. She came to ACHIEVEability seeking affordable housing and support to make progress in school. Tashell found the focus she needed to be a better student AND a better parent. In 2013, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern University. After successfully completing the ACHIEVEability program, she now owns and operates a day care. She will be applying for the master’s program in family and community counseling at the University of Pennsylvania.
Looking to find stability after a battle with drug addiction, Anna entered ACHIEVEability with her son, Sabire. Anna took advantage of all that we have to offer, attending any and every workshop, and even volunteering her services. Wanting to “call her own shots in life,” Anna worked diligently to earn an associate’s degree from Community College of Philadelphia in liberal arts in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in psychology in 2012. Today Anna is a Home Recruitment Certified Specialist at Northeast Treatment Center.