An essential tool used by EMPath coaches is the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency. The Bridge is a multi-faceted tool, serving as a conversation guide as well as a means for assessment and tracking progress. Bridge assessments identify strengths and obstacles to success in each of the five pillars: Family Stability, Well-Being, Financial Management, Education & Training, Employment & Career.

A participant’s “Bridge score” is a measure of their overall self-sufficiency; higher scores indicate higher self-sufficiency. Of those participants active in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) with a valid, comparable Bridge score at least one year apart, 74% experienced an increase in Bridge score. The average change in score for participants who exited in FY21 was 10 points, out of a total possible score of 100.

The following data represent outcomes across various programs.


Flagship Program Outcomes

For five years, participants of EMPath’s flagship program work with their mentor to set and achieve certain goals, including saving $3,425 of their own money in a matched savings program, college completion, and housing stability.

Who We Served in Greater Boston in FY21

1,337 individuals

700 adults / 637 children / 576 families

34% of households

experienced homelessness at some point during the year

90% of adult participants

with children were single parents


of participants who exited shelter moved into stable permanent housing


of participants said they felt satisfied or very satisfied with EMPath’s efforts to keep them safe during the pandemic

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average annual income increase of participants across all programs (compared to an FY21 decrease of 1.2% for the U.S. population as a whole)


average increase in annual income among flagship program graduates ($18,120 at entry to $48,576 at exit)

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of participants experienced an increase in credit score, with an average increase of 140 points


average amount saved by participants in shelter and stabilization programs at program exit

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of participants newly enrolled in an educational or training program


of flagship program participants had college degrees at exit (compared to 37% at entry)

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