Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) takes a pioneering approach to helping low-income women attain economic independence for themselves and their families. In addition to providing direct services and advocating for social policy changes, CWU conducts research and product development. Its integrated system of innovative programs and tools equips families with the skills, strategies, and resources necessary to overcome poverty. CWU’s work rests on its groundbreaking theory of change, the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency™. The Bridge to SelfSufficiency delineates how an individual achieves the transformative journey from poverty to full economic self-sufficiency.