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Partnering with families for economic stability and success!
The Lawrence Working Families Initiative is a groundbreaking effort to link the families of Lawrence Public Schools students with resources to access employment and advance economically.    
LWFI Photo of MeetingProject Update: 
647 School network participants.  Over 460  parents coached, connected or referred.  177 parents enrolled in training or education programs.  40 non-profit, public sector, and employer partners and 141 parents placed into jobs through the Lawrence  Working Families Initiative.  Thank you to partner The Community Group, who has provided education and job placement for 32 of these parents through their Home Day Care Provider training.  Congratulations to these parents for starting careers in early childhood education! 
This is one way the Family Resource Center is working to support the success and stability of our LPS families.  The average wage increase for parents getting placed through our programs is over 25%
LWFI Documentary: 
Please check out our new documentary by talented local company Tower Hill Films, following two of our parents as they experience different elements of LWFI.  It's a powerful viewing experience!  Click the link here:    THF:
We can help you with:
  • Job search assistance
  • Resources and guidance for establishing a family budget
  • Information to acquire or establish housing
  • Resources for higher education and job skills training
  • Coaching and Family Support
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Coaching Services:
We offer Financial and Life Coaching to collaborate with parents as they strive to achieve family financial stability and success. A coach’s purpose is to support and equip parents to establish and achieve their financial and life goals, from jobs and careers to personal money management.
How is coaching done?
Coaching is conducted through one-on-one conversations where the individual identifies their goals, and is assisted in creating a plan of action. The coach conducts an assessment of their skills and available resources that are useful in achieving desired outcomes. As a trusted advisor, the coach encourages and cultivates the individual’s continued growth. 
What our partners are saying:
“The Lawrence Working Families Initiative has partnered with us to help Lawrence parents to be able to afford to do this program.  We are helping people have their dreams come true!” Sr. Eileen Burns, SNDdeN-Executive Director
“It is an honor and a privilege to work with the LPS parents.  I am confident that through our continue collaborative efforts, there will be many job opportunities in the future for the LPS parents and the LPS community.  AHC is so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.” Nancy Aldrich-President
“I am very happy with the work Jennifer is doing.  She is efficient, punctual and professional.” Abel Vargas, Director of Business and Economic Development-City of Lawrence
“I enjoyed the event! Great Job!”- LPS Parent
“Beyond my expectations”- LPS Parent
“Thank you for making this information available to us parents” – LPS Parent
“What an amazing event”- LPS Parent
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Working Cities Partners

  • 99° Degrees Custom
  • Adult Learning Center
  • Citizens Bank
  • City of Lawrence-Mayor’s Health Task Force
  • City of Lawrence-Office of Planning & Development
  • COMPASS for Kids
  • Eastern Bank
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Everett Mills
  • Family Services of The Merrimack Valley
  • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
  • Greater Lawrence Technical High School
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Imajine That
  • Lawrence Community Works
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Lawrence History Center
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Lawrence Training School
  • Little Sprouts, Inc.
  • Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services
  • Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board/Valley Works Career Center
  • METRO Credit Union
  • Notre Dame Education Center
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Northeast Legal Aid, Inc.
  • New Balance
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Pentucket Medical
  • Solectria Renewables
  • Stevens Foundation
  • TD Bank
  • The Community Group
  • The TJX Companies
  • United Way
  • YWCA of Greater Lawrence