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.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Sursum Corda; U St corridor

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Percent of Core members who achieve their goals:   65
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who secured job interviews:   239
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who secured employment:   105
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who achieved a Basic Needs goal:   139
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who actively worked on their housing goals:   394

Awards & Recognition

Selected by CITI Foundation's Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity (2016)

CEO, Kirsten Lodal, named Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow (2015)

CEO, Kirsten Lodal: recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontiers Award (2015)

Comcast Digital Literacy Program launched in partnership with CentroNia (2014)

Launched Financial Coaching program in partnership with JP Morgan (2014)

Chosen to launch Shriver Corps Program (2014)

Selected to partner with the Georgetown Law School Community Service Project (2014)

Voted Best Place to Volunteer by George Washington Center for Civic Engagement (2012)


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for LIFT-DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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