An essential tool used by EMPath coaches is the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency. This tool serves as a conversation guide as well as a means for assessment and tracking progress. Bridge assessments identify strengths and obstacles to success in five pillars: Family Stability, Well-Being, Financial Management, Education & Training, Employment & Career. In FY19, 497 participants had at least one Bridge conversation with their mentor.
A participant’s “Bridge score” is a measure of their overall self-sufficiency; higher scores indicate higher self-sufficiency. Of FY19 participants with a comparable score at least one year apart, 77% experienced an increase in Bridge score. The average change in score for exiting participants is 10 points.
The following data represent outcomes across varied programs. Download the FY19 Impact Report.
Who We Served in Greater Boston in FY19
706 adults / 619 children / 413 families
44% of households
experienced homelessness at some point during the year
87% of adult participants
with children were single parents
participants who exited shelter to permanent housing
exiting participants who have a higher likelihood of thriving
participants became employed by program exit
$12.58/hr > $15.54
average income increase of participants with comparable income information
participants experienced an increase in credit score of 43 points on average
the average amount saved by participants at program exit
participants enrolled in an educational or training program
participants completed an education program