DID YOU KNOW?
• 19% of Utah children live in single parent families
• 130,000 Utah children live in poverty
• 32% of single mothers w/kids live below poverty
• 21% of Utah children have parents who lack secure employment
Kids Count 2013 & US Census 2010
A single mom working full-time at $8.00 per hour brings home less than $16,000 every year. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the poverty threshold for a family of four was $24,250 in 2015 . The Self-Sufficiency Standard, a measure developed by the University of Washington, School of Social Work, determines the amount of income required for working families to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level, taking into account family composition, children’s ages and geographic differences in costs. In Salt Lake County, the standard self-sufficient income for one adult and three children is $52,420 .
According to the 2010 US Census, almost 75% of female-headed households in Utah have incomes that fall below the self- sufficiency standard, one half of those (38%) live in poverty . Children living in poverty are at high risk for malnutrition, homelessness, school dropout, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, gang involvement and criminal activity. Furthermore, children whose families receive welfare are more likely to be on welfare themselves.
Approximately 53% of our clients are single mothers and many receive public assistance. 89% are Caucasian, 3% are African American, 2% are American Indian, 2% are Pacific Islander, 1% are Asian and 3% are multiple race; 15% are Hispanic. 100% are considered low-income by HUD guidelines when they enter our program. 93% are considered extremely low-income.
Your donation will be used to support our ongoing Employment Program which focuses first on getting women employed and second on teaching them how to earn a living wage.
Most clients entering our program report the following barriers to self-sufficient employment:
They lack the skills to get a good job.
They lack confidence to apply for a promotion, a raise, or seek a better job.
They feel stuck in a dead-end job.
They are concerned about finding a good job in this difficult economy.
They are afraid of losing their public assistance benefits by earning too much.
They believe that they will never be able to earn more than public assistance will provide.
Our Employment Program helps to overcome these barriers to gainful employment with a comprehensive program that focuses on Education, Coaching and Mentoring.
Performance & Results Measurement
During the 2016 Fiscal Year PHP expects to reach the following program goals:
• Community Awareness: 5,000 low-income women will learn about our program through community and agency outreach presentations and flyers.
• Outreach/Inquires: Through Community Awareness efforts, 1,000 low-income women will inquire about our services and be placed on our waiting list. They will receive a monthly employment tips mailer along with follow-up support.
• Education: 500 low-income women will participate in at least one employment workshop, will receive 12 issues of our monthly employment tips newsletter and workshop calendar, and will be called weekly to encourage participation.
• Phase 1: Coaching, Employment Preparation will provide 150 clients with one-on-one coaching to develop a Personal History and Financial Breakeven Analysis.
• Phase 2: Mentoring, Resume and Job Search will provide 75 clients with one-on-one mentoring and coaching to develop employment tools, a resume, job search plan and prepare for interviews.
• Phase 3: Employment Strategies will mail monthly Employment Strategies Tips flyers to 75 clients once they become employed and will offer a monthly networking group to support them in their new job and to monitor their employment progress.
• Phase 4: Women’s Professional Network will support 50 clients in their efforts to seek raises and promotions through 4 professional development seminars hosted and presented by our employer and funding partners.
For Fiscal 2015, surveys from program graduates provided the following results:
• 96% are employed full-time
• 96% have health insurance offered through their employer
• 71% received at least one raise with an average of $1.74 per hour
• 71% have access to company training and education reimbursement
• 58% have been with the same employer for more than 3 years
Since enrolling in our employment program graduates reported the following accomplishments:
• 96% are not receiving and/or have been off assistance for 5 years or longer
• 44% started a savings account or a retirement plan
• 44% paid off their debt
• 41% received recognition at work
• 35% bought a new car
• 23% completed a 2/4 year Degree
• 19% bought a new home
The success of our program for the past 22 years thrives because our clients want a better life, volunteers want to make a difference by sharing their workplace successes and organizations and individuals want to invest in and support programs that work.
With the help of your generous contribution, each single mother that transitions from welfare to self sufficiency saves our community up to $20,000 annually.