Economic Opportunity


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. Thanks to your support, we are able to help people advance their career and educational opportunities through programs like Ways to Work, the Financial Opportunity Center and Vehicles for Change.

Tamara with vehicleTamara’s Story

For many of us, it’s hard to fathom the idea of life without a car and the flexibility to come and go as we please. But, for families in our Ways to Work program, it’s a reality.

Tamera Turner was one of them. A young, single mother of a four-year-old daughter, Tamera started her days in the wee hours of the morning to make sure she had enough time to catch the bus, take her daughter to daycare and then get to work on time. She was also juggling classes as a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Because of her busy schedule, she had to rely on public transportation or the help of family and friends to get from point A to point B. Not only did Tamera want to become more independent, she also wanted to provide a
better life for her daughter.

That’s when she found Ways to Work. With the help of a low-interest loan, Tamera was able to get her own car. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from VCU and in September, got a promotion as a Care Partner on the Peri-Surgical Unit at VCU Health System. Because she has to be at work by 5:30 a.m. (and public transportation does not run that early where she lives), this would not have been a job she could have accepted had she not gotten her own vehicle.

“What a blessing it has been to have my car!” Tamera said. “Now I can get to work on time every day and if I need to, can work later for overtime. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to advance my skills.”



Recent Blog Stories

Capital One Moves Working Families Toward Brighter Futures

We’re excited to announce our recent grant awarded from Capital One in the amount of $25,000 for our Ways to Work, Richmond program.

Ways to Work is an Economic Empowerment program that provides low-interest car loans to working families. It is designed to help participants move toward financial stability, increased self-sufficiency and advanced career opportunities. In addition to loan assistance, participants receive financial education and coaching – making a substantial difference in their lives.

Thank you, Capital One, for supporting the mission of HumanKind and changing lives.


New Partnership with Central Virginia Community College

We’re excited to announce our new Child Development Associate (CDA) class partnership with Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)! The college is going to provide a space for us to teach the class on their campus. This course gives early childhood educators the knowledge they need to complete the CDA exam, which is essential to earning the CDA credential that gives educators the qualifications they need to become directors and leaders in the child care community. Your contribution helps build partnerships such as this that leads to strong foundations for the future of our community — our children.

The class will run at CVCC from Jan. 14-Oct. 6, 2016, and is limited to 30 people. Learn more today!


How We Help

Early Childhood Development

Building a strong foundation in the early years prepares children for success in school, social settings and life. Our Early Childhood Development programs help young children develop core competencies as well as confidence.


Residential Care

We offer three types of residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities as well as therapeutic foster care for children in need of a loving home.