Philanthropy in Action
Birmingham-area nonprofits co-locate, collaborate to better serve women and families
In August 2019, spurred by funding from The Women’s Fund, three Jefferson County nonprofits formally combined workforce development, access to safe housing, mentoring, child care assistance, and more all under one roof. East Lake Initiative, Hope Inspired Ministries, and Serving You continued their longtime partnership as Thrive Together Jefferson County at their new colocation with the goal of integrating and streamlining services to create a clear path to success for women and low-income families and disrupt the cycle of generational poverty.
“We knew there had to be a better way to impact families—a way to work smarter,” says Pam Bates, Executive Director of East Lake Initiative. “The Women’s Fund’s investment and supports gave us that opportunity. Being under one roof— and next to a bus stop—has made a huge difference for our families, which is what is most important. Imagine being a mom in need of services. You’re already struggling, and now you have to think about finding and paying for extra hours of child care and how many buses it will take to travel to a handful of different locations. That was the old way. Now when a mom arrives at Thrive Together, she just walks through one door, fills out one form, and speaks with one person who will connect her to everything she needs. We even have an area where her kids can play.”
Thrive Together Jefferson County is one of three Thrive Together collaboratives resulting from The Women’s Fund’s strategy-based two-generation funding model. Learn more.