Social Networks as an Anti-Poverty Strategy
Published July 2012 by Jennifer Dobruck Lowe, MA
Maria, an unemployed single mother, had been pursuing a career in the medical billing field for over a year. Despite having completed multiple professional certifications and trainings, Maria could not find a job. A case manager referred Maria to Crittenton Women’s Union’s (CWU) career development and computer training program. Over the course of the 12-week program, Maria interacted daily with other women who shared similar career objectives and met regularly with staff who advised her in pursuing her goals. She developed new relationships with peers and professionals who provided her with encouragement, skills, and career advice to further her job search.