Tacoma Goodwill receives $850,000 to assist single mothers find employment

Tacoma-based Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region has been named one of 14 organizations nationwide to share in an $11.6 million pilot program aimed at improving the prospects of single mothers and their young children.

The funding, from the W.L. Kellogg Foundation, targets programs “that improve child health and education by breaking the cycle of poverty for families of color,” according to a Goodwill release.

The Tacoma program, announced Wednesday (Sept. 2), will leverage Goodwill’s existing training and job placement programs and partnerships with several local social service agencies including Bates Technical College, Centro Latino, Korean Women’s Association, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Urban League and United Way of Pierce County. The program will focus in neighborhoods including Tacoma Hilltop, Eastside, South End, Lakewood and Spanaway.

The $850,000 from the foundation will fund a new “Women 2 Work” program and will welcome as many as 140 women of color who have at least one child 8 years old or younger. The goal of the program will see those women earning 200 percent of the federal poverty level four months after beginning employment.

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