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Greater Kansas City LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City have partnered to bring to Kansas City a network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) to help low-income families stabilize their long-term financial outlook. Based on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, FOCs provide individuals and families with services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated and provided to clients in a bundled fashion in order to reinforce one another and to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building.
In partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City and local funders, LISC established the local FOC network in 2013 with local partners the Prosperity Center at Rockhurst University and the Women's Employment Network. The network welcomed Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in 2014, Community Services League in 2015. The FOC Network will expand with a fifth site by 2017.
Initial funders who are helping launch the LISC Financial Opportunity Network in Kansas City are:
Bank of America and the Bank of America Foundation
Citi Cards of Kansas City
Hall Family Foundation
H&R Block Foundation
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Missouri Department of Economic Development
John W. & Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust
State of Missouri
United Way of Greater Kansas City
U.S. Bank and U.S. Bank Foundation
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
To learn more about how to become involved in Greater Kansas City LISC Financial Opportunity Centers, contact Trese Robinson.
Financial Coaching Training and Certification brought to you by United Way of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City LISC and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In collaboration, these four organizations have conducted interviews with local stakeholders and financial capability practitioners, reviewed financial coaching curricula from across the country and reviewed best-practice research on emerging trends to help low-and-moderate income families achieve their financial goals and increase economic mobility in our region.
Kansas City’s growing network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) took another step forward in October, when Greater Kansas City LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City announced the opening of a new FOC site at the Community Services League in Independence, Missouri.
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