Food For Thought is ACHIEVEability‘s most important fundraiser of the year. Food for Thought brought out prominent corporate sponsors including Urban Outfitters, Inc. , PECO, PNC Bank, Higgins Group Inc, and Morgan Lewis and individuals who are committed to helping support stronger families and communities in the Philadelphia area. The event took place this past Saturday evening at Urban Outfitters at the Naval Yard. This event was created for a self proclaimed foodie like myself with top participating chefs including Joseph Baldino of Zeppoli, Nathan Johnson of Garces Trading Company, Lance Silverman (Sabrina’s Cafe), Karen Weinstein of Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and Peter Woolsey of Bistrot Le Minette just to name a few. A silent auction of wine, electronics, and art was also being displayed, will live music played and fun activities such as a wine a beer toss kept guest quite entertained.Through sponsorship, ticket sales, proceeds from the silent auction, and other donations, ACHIEVEability grossed a little under $270,000 for the program which will help ACHIEVEability continue to help support those in need achieve there goals this year.
ACHIEVEability helps single families reach goals of self-sufficiency each year with a model called Self Sufficiency Continuum. Self Sufficiency Continuum is a tool created to help families measure there progress towards becoming self reliant; which includes finance, education, parenting, and personal development. Each level represents a step from one to five bringing families less dependent on other forms of assistance. Through there efforts ACHIEVEability is permanently breaking the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent and once homeless families through education, affordable housing, community services, and accountability.
In addition to helping families becoming self-reliant achieveability also focuses on families who primarily live in the Haddington Cobbs- Creek neighborhoods of West Philadelphia through community centers. ACHIEVEability Community Services Offices is a resource center that provides support for individuals and their households with employment information, workshops, youth services healthcare information, tax preparation, and financial support as well as many other useful services. This year alone the agency helped 234 residents prepare there taxes saving $54,000 in tax preparation fees, allowing more revenue to remain within the local community. In 2013 ACHIEVEability managed to serve 158 parents and 310 children; 82% of the families are now in permanent housing or increased levels of self-sufficiency; 12 earned college degrees during the fiscal year and there was a 66% increase in hourly wages.