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“Poverty is a cancer that keeps growing while killing our neighbors. Isn’t it time we come together to find a lasting cure for this disease?” – Dave Phillips, Co-Founder of Cincinnati Works

Cincinnati Works began with the goal of eliminating poverty in the Cincinnati area. After retiring from a successful career as an accountant, consultant and business leader, Dave Phillips and his wife, Liane, started researching organizations across the country that addressed poverty through employment. They found that the most successful organizations focused on job retention and advancement rather than simply job placement. So, in 1996 they formed Cincinnati Works on a model of one-on-one coaching.

In 2005-2006, numerous unemployed victims of the devastation of hurricane Katrina relocated to Houston, Texas. As a result, Dave spent time with community leaders laying the foundation to help replicate the business model in Houston. This effort formed the basis for subsequent assistance to communities with similar needs. In 2017, Dave formed the NETWORK in order to carry on the work of replication. Currently, the NETWORK has established over 23 replication sites across 11 states.

Learn more about Dave Phillips’ inspiring story in this article by Clay Griffith.