Our Economic Opportunity programs help individuals and families develop plans for achieving financial success. Through educational workshops and loan assistance, clients are educated on ways to get out of debt and move toward stability.

For more information, please contact:
Mary-Winston Deacon | Director of Economic Opportunity Programs

Lynchburg

Workforce Development
Using the Bridges Out of Poverty framework and similar initiatives, HumanKind helps under-resourced job seekers or those with barriers to employment with life and career development skills.
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Ways to Work
Ways to Work is designed to help individuals move toward financial stability and advance career opportunities. Our loans are based on the character of the applicant and the affordability of the payment.
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Vehicles for Change
Vehicles for Change Inc. empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership.
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Richmond

Ways to Work
Ways to Work is designed to help individuals move toward financial stability and advance career opportunities. Our loans are based on the character of the applicant and the affordability of the payment. Applicants must meet eligibility guidelines.
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Financial Opportunity Center
Our Financial Opportunity Center offers free coaching services in the areas of Employment, Financial, and Benefits Access. Our goal is to help families improve their every day life.
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Success Stories

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Mike's Story
I came in with no credit score at all… now, my credit score has gone up so high I can take on a mortgage.
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Craig's Story
It was because of this car loan that I was able to leave my job with an area hotel and begin my own business.
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Tamara's Story
I can say without a doubt that the Ways to Work program has changed my life for the better. It has provided me with the experience leading up to me owning my first vehicle.
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Keisha's Story
I would also like to take the time to thank Ways to Work and HumanKind and for giving me this wonderful opportunity in sustaining self-sufficiency.
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Kathy’s Story
Kathy Boyd, a single mother of three, came to the Ways to Work program seeking reliable transportation in order to secure a promotion at work.
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Keon’s Story
Having overcome homelessness with the help of partners and the Ways to Work program, Keon joined the Financial Opportunity Center to further work on building her financial security.
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Kia’sha’s Story
When twenty-two-year-old Kai’sha Taylor first came to the FOC in October of 2016, she was unemployed, pregnant, and did not know how she could plan for her future as her due date was rapidly approaching.
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Shekia’s Story
Shekia Stukes began working with HumanKind’s FOC and Ways to Work programs just a few months ago and she has already made great strides.
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