Poverty is a complex problem and its associated issues – unemployment, homelessness, hunger, illiteracy, poor health – are interlinked. This is why LIFT-DC takes a holistic approach to lifting families out of poverty. At two DC resource centers, it trains advocates (college students) to work one-on-one with members (low-income individuals) to find jobs, obtain education and vocational training, secure housing, access public benefits, and connect to childcare and healthcare. By setting goals and working to achieve them, members build self-confidence, a support network, and the skills to manage tough times that may arise in the future. LIFT believes that the very act of two people coming together one-on-one and sharing their challenges and strengths in a trusting relationship is the first, critical step in creating transformation and achieving success. Last year, advocates worked with 1,053 community members, connecting 81 to job training and education programs, helping 195 secure job interviews, and connecting 23 to affordable housing or rental assistance that prevented eviction. Your generosity gives residents of our community the lift they really need.