This issue of Casey Connects highlights family strengthening partnerships and FAMILIES COUNT honorees as partners for supporting economic self-sufficiency for low-income families and promoting the family strengthening message as a national priority.
Creating economic self-sufficiency is a perfect way to support family strengthening
Findings & Stats
Nearly 25,000 families and entrepreneurs own homes and small businesses because a North Carolina group called Self-Help believed in them.
From 1980 to 2002, Self-Help lent $1.8 billion to 25,000 families and small businesses — families and business that couldn’t get financing from traditional sources — and helped create more than 9,000 jobs.
National Family Week
In 2002, more than 100 local events were held for National Family Week, annually held during Thanksgiving week.
FAMILIES COUNT is Casey’s National Honors program which recognizes organizations taking exemplary steps to transform communities by strengthening families.
Statements & Quotations
Family strengthening awards are just one way the Casey Foundation is working with influential national groups to help families and neighborhoods get the support they need.
Strategic partnerships with national groups help create an “echo chamber” of messages and models that can help make family strengthening a national priority.
The Foundation helps partner organizations explore ways of putting families in tough neighborhoods at the center of their work and spread the word through their own communications networks, conferences and publications.
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