Attaining Self Sufficiency
At Mosaic, our programs are intentionally created to help survivors become self-sufficient once they are no longer in need of our services. That’s where the Economic Empowerment Program comes into play!
The goal of the Economic Empowerment Program is to empower survivors by providing services that will enable survivors to reach self-sufficiency through economic stability. Our program achieves that through connecting survivors to educational and employment opportunities. Through Economic Empowerment Case Management, survivors receive assistance with job search, job application, resume writing and interview preparation. Along with that, survivors can receive assistance in connecting to ESL classes, GED classes, vocational training, and applying to college.
Additionally, the Economic Empowerment program provides life skills classes year-round focusing on financial literacy, job readiness, and healthy living and for survivors who would like more in-depth, one on one coaching, they have access to free personal development coaching, financial coaching, and career coaching through our partners and volunteers.
Why is Economic Empowerment Important?
Economic stability is one of the major factors that can ensure survivors stay free from revictimization. Not only that, economic stability ensures freedom from poverty, homelessness, and abuse over the long term. According to Economic Issues for Women in Texas, a 2020 study published by Texas Women’s Foundation found that women are the face of poverty in Texas. Women are twice as likely as men to experience poverty. That means nearly one in six Texas women and girls lack sufficient financial resources to care for themselves and their families. Among those women of color and single-mother-led households are most vulnerable to poverty. In 2020, 96% of the survivors served in the Economic Empowerment Program at Mosaic Family Services were women of color and 100% of the survivors were either single or single mothers.
According to the 2018 Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force Report, 100% of survivors served in Dallas live below the poverty line, and 68% of survivors have a high school education or less — yet only 2% of agencies serving domestic violence survivors provide job training and educational support. The same report found that 79% of survivors served by Dallas-area domestic violence organizations are women of color, and 26% of the survivors served are non-English speakers. Mosaic has earned a reputation in North Texas as a multicultural, multilingual agency providing culturally competent services to survivors who are not well-served by traditional agencies.