Working Families Success Model


The Working Families Success (WFS) model, developed by the Annie E. Casey foundation in the early 2000s, 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 nonprofits offering integrated services in an intentional and thoughtful way helps clients overcome barriers and advance economically.

Three Core services of Working Families Success
In 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 but is 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. Evaluation of the WFS model has shown that clients who receive bundled services are 3 to 4 times more likely to achieve a significant economic outcome (increased income, decreased debt, purchase of home/car, improved credit score, etc.).

Established in 2014, the Working Families Success Network (WFSNT) includes nine (9) community-based organizations from the Dallas/Fort Worth region who are committed to aligning their services and programming so that families may achieve lasting economic outcomes, including increased income, improved credit scores, a reduction of debt and the generation of wealth for themselves and their communities. 

The WFSNT is made up of the following nine agencies, to learn more about services each agency provides please visit our WFSNT website

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Catholic Charities of Dallas logo    Catholic Charities of FW logo City Square Interfaith logo  IRC logo 
Housing Crisis Center logo    Jewish Family Services logo   Metrocrest Logo    Women's Center logo


In 2017, CFT expanded its economic work by funding a second cohort of nine agencies and providing training and coaching on how to effective implement the Working Families Success Model. These agencies include: Allen Community Outreach, BridgeBuilders, Buckner International, Community Enrichment Center, Irving Cares, Senior Source, Sharing Life Community Outreach, Wesley Mission Center and Wilkinson Center. 

 Read more about the Working Families Sucess Network of North Texas at

Ashley McIver
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