A LISC Success Story on NPR—Just in Time for Financial Capability Month
A five year, federal grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) that was matched by local private and corporate grants, made it possible for Rhode Island LISC to invest over $2.3 million into four Financial Opportunity Centers® located at Amos House, Genesis Center, Providence Housing Authority and Community Care Alliance.
To kick off Financial Capability Month, we’re delighted to share a recent NPR “Hidden Brain” podcast featuring Brandi Drew, a client at a Financial Opportunity Center® in Detroit. In this podcast, Drew describes how financial coaching helped her escape the “scarcity trap.” NPR praised LISC's Seung Kim, head of financial opportunity programming, as an “unsung hero” for bringing Drew’s story to light. View the story here.
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Wrap-Up
In 2015 and 2016, by providing small grants and technical support, the LISC Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) enabled 83 early learning centers across Rhode Island to dramatically improve the learning environments in their facilities. The grants, which totaled $2.3 million, were made possible by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, a U.S. Department of Education program designed to support high-quality early learning programs as well as increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children who are enrolled in them. We are pleased to present the results of this funding.
Read the report here.
Since 1991 LISC Rhode Island has invested over $331 million to help build strong neighborhoods and healthy communities where individuals, families and businesses can thrive. Learn more at www.rilisc.org