Springboard To Opportunities connects families living in affordable housing with resources and programs that help them advance themselves in school, work and life. We do this by working directly with families, as well as by establishing strategic partnerships with other organizations that help residents achieve their goals.
Who We Are
Springboard To Opportunities was formed with the understanding that affordable housing alone is not enough to create thriving communities where all residents can succeed.
Who We Work With
- Affordable housing residents
- Real estate developers
- Property management companies
- Neighborhood leaders
- Community stakeholders
We build pathways for adults, children and families to realize their dreams.
Our programs and services are unique because they are resident-driven and resident-focused. No other organization is doing this kind of work, and we believe we can create a new model to cultivate hope and start to break the cycle of generational poverty. The stability of affordable housing meets an essential need for residents, providing the opportunity to shift their focus away from daily obstacles and toward future aspirations.
We ask residents about their hopes and ambitions beyond their current situations. We also ask about the challenges and struggles that stand in the way of their success. As a direct result of these conversations, we have created Springboard To Opportunities’ programs to help residents solve their most pressing problems and make a detailed road map to realize their dreams.
The overall goal of the organization’s “radically-resident driven” service delivery model is to increase the self-efficacy of vulnerable families; thereby positioning them to be their best selves in life, school, and work.
2020 Year End Review
2020 Year in ReviewDownload
For Springboard To Opportunities, 2020 brought changes and challenges we could not have anticipated. But what did not change was our commitment to being Radically, Resident-Driven, keeping families’ stories and needs at the heart of everything we did and ensuring their voices were heard in their communities and beyond. We pivoted and adjusted, making sure we met residents’ basic needs, providing food boxes and meals, PPE, basic household supplies, and at-home learning resources. We expanded our work regarding cash, growing The Magnolia Mother’s Trust to 110 women and providing emergency cash disbursements to families who lost work and were disproportionately affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued our work stimulating narrative change and advocacy, involving residents in voter engagement efforts, releasing a policy white paper on people-centered policy design with The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, and continuing to highlight the stories of our mothers in national and local media stories.
While 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, we are so grateful for the continued work, our team’s flexibility as they worked to meet residents’ changing needs, and the partners who supported us and helped make it all happen. We are already excited for what lies ahead in 2021!