(Denise Athis, Branches Team Member) When we think of health, we think of someone's physical and mental health and well-being.
But what about someone's financial health? If you are not financially stable, then you wouldn't be able to afford to purchase healthy foods, to work out, and you will always be worried and stressed out about your financial instability.
At Branches, we want to ensure that all of our clients are financially healthy. By providing life-changing opportunities for working families and their children to break the cycle of generational poverty, we are taking a unique approach to ensure that our families and communities are healthy.
Listen to what some of our clients have to say.
(ASSETS Small Business Solutions Client) Branches helped me with my marketing. They helped me with my accounting and they helped me with my business.
(Financial Coaching Client) Branches helped me increase my credit score by over 100 points and now I am saving up to buy a home.
(Branches Climb Youth Student) Branches is helping me get into my dream school which is Florida State University so go noles!
(Denise Athis, Branches Team Member) So make sure to vote for Branches. Together, we can continue to help families in our communities be healthy and break the cycle of generational poverty.
Branches provides life-changing opportunities for working families to help them and their children break the cycle of generational poverty. Our program areas that serve children and youth focus on student achievement, and our Achieve programs focus on financial stability services for families and individuals.
Our Grow program serves elementary students preparing them for lifelong success through enrichment of their minds, bodies and hearts. Our engagement with the students begins after school with tutoring and homework help but continues with enrichment activities including: Summer Shade Camp, Recreational Activities, Social Skill Development, Mentoring and Healthy Meals and Snacks. Our Climb program serves middle and high school students focusing on the development of their individual assets in order to maximize opportunities to become better students and better people. Through the guidance and support of caring staff and volunteers, Branches youth are able to participate in: Life Skills, Service Projects, OASIS Spring Break Camp, Academic Tutoring and Retreats. By participating in Climb activities, youth stay on track to climb in their outlook, climb in school and climb in life. Branches also recently launched the Climb to College & Career program which prepares and assists high school students to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for postsecondary success. Last, but certainly not least, Branches' Achieve Programs target the well-being of the entire community through services fostering financial stability and long term success. Services include the ASSETS small business solutions program, free VITA tax preparation, hunger relief and much more. Branches is also proud to house and operate the United Way Center for Financial Stability (UWCFS).
Branches was established in 1973 as the urban and social justice agency of what is now the South East District of the United Methodist Church. Up until 1999, Branches focused on grassroots organizing, advocacy and working with community members who were disadvantaged and/or experiencing social injustice. During this period, Branches focused resources in the areas of social crisis, immigration, housing, hospice care and hurricane relief, among others. Since 2000, Branches has embarked on developing and implementing programs that address the root causes of poverty and address immediate and critical needs. Today, Branches' menu of services provides a continuum of support to community members to empower them to pursue life changing opportunities.