The Working Families Success (WFS) model provides a framework for nonprofits to deliver key services and financial support to low-income families using an integrated approach of services specifically designed to make it easier for families to obtain critically needed support.
WFS is built on the concept that when nonprofits offer integrated services in an intentional and thoughtful way, it improves the likelihood that clients will overcome their barriers and advance economically.
Under the WFS model, nonprofits provide an integrated or “bundled” set of three core services to assist clients in improving financial management and building assets. WFS is not a stand-alone program: it integrated into a nonprofit’s existing programs, staffing and client base. Coaching is an integral component of service delivery to help clients set goals, develop plans and change behavior over time. Evaluations of the WFS model nationally has shown that clients who receive bundled services are three to four times more likely to achieve a significant economic outcome (increased income, decreased debt, purchase of home/car, improved credit score, etc.).
The Working Families Success Network of North Texas
CFT’s Working Families Success initiative includes organizations from across the Dallas/Fort Worth region who are committed to helping families achieve lasting economic outcomes, including increased income, improved credit scores, a reduction of debt and increased wealth for their clients and their communities. Agencies who participate in WFS are selected via a competitive application process and attending monthly meetings that provided training and coaching on how to effectively implement the integrated model.
In 2014, nine agencies were selected to join the initial Working Families Success cohort. The original nine agencies have successfully implemented the model and now make up the Working Families Success Network of North Texas: Catholic Charities Dallas, Catholic Charites Fort Worth, CitySquare, Interfaith Family Services, International Rescue Committee Dallas, Housing Crisis Center, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, Metrocrest Service and the Women’s Center of Tarrant County.
CFT funded a second learning cohort of eight agencies in 2017: Allen Community Outreach, Buckner International, Community Enrichment Center, Irving Cares, Senior Source, Sharing Life Community Outreach, Mansfield Mission Center and Wilkinson Center.
To learn more about participating network agencies, visit the Working Families Success website at www.wfsnorthtexas.org.