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The Cincinnati Works Business Model


years of existence


individuals helped


million impact on the local economy

In its first 20 years of existence, Cincinnati Works helped more than 8,000 individuals get the coaching they need to attain and retain a job, delivering an estimated impact of $35 million on the local economy through increased income and sales tax and reduced use of public services.

Our Mission

Most social service agencies treat the symptoms of poverty with transactions: groceries from a food pantry, medicine from a free clinic, rental vouchers from a government agency. The Cincinnati Works Business Model treats the root of the problem, providing access to stable jobs and personalized coaching to help individuals retain and advance within those jobs.

This continued support affects not only individuals and families, but the entire community. Our business model presents a solution to poverty. Your investment, leveraged with local dollars, ensures that within two years every new community implementing the Cincinnati Works Business Model will be poised to start eliminating poverty.

Member Impact

  • Experience the dignity of work
  • Discover purpose & independence
  • Model new behaviors for their children
  • Address issues of hunger, health, and homelessness
  • Avoid/Escape a life of violence and crime

Community Impact

  • Boost to workforce development
  • Jobs filled with willing, capable, and reliable people
  • Economic boon
  • Safer and more vibrant communities
  • Reduced use of public benefits/taxpayer dollars

Success Stories

Jodi, Bartholomew County Success Stories
September 24, 2018

Jodi, Bartholomew County Works

Today, Jodi lives in her apartment with her dog Star and her youngest son. She still works at Caltherm, but no longer walks to work. She recently got her license…
Marta, Thrive Success Stories
September 24, 2018

Marta, Thrive

When Marta came to Thrive, she was a single mother of two, living in subsidized housing, had recently lost a job and was struggling to find employment. Over the last…
Lakeitha, Cincinnati Works Success Stories
September 24, 2018

Lakeitha, Cincinnati Works

I grew up in the projects, pregnant at 17 years old, and the father had left me. The Welfare to Work program suggested I visit Cincinnati Works. CW gave me…