CMCA's Theory of Change is based on the idea that when families succeed in the areas of family well-being, economic stability, and social connections, they are more likely to be resilient and to become self-sufficient. CMCA's approach to service delivery incorporates this theory through internal collaboration, allowing a family to receive multiple services to support them on their path to self-sufficiency. Economic stability involves education and skills, quality employment, income and assset building, and safe and stable housing.
CMCA's Theory of Change is embedded into all aspects of our work. When families have a strong sense of family well-being, have built social connections, and experience economic stability, they become resilient to the ups and downs of life. These families are more likely to become self-sufficient, positively impacting their own lives and the communities in which they live.
To assist families in gaining economic stability, CMCA offers employment coaching and financial coaching through SkillUP, the Financial Opportunity Center, Head Start, and BRIDGE. Through these programs, CMCA members receive the education, skills training, and individualized supports they need to meet their employment and financial goals. CMCA staff also assist members in applying for income supports such as child care assistance, SNAP (food stamps), disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), child support, and other benefits for which they eligible. CMCA helps families reduce housing-related expenses through energy and water assistance programs, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Housing Choice Voucher program. Together, these programs and services support families in gaining the skills and supports they need in order to build their resiliency and reach self-sufficiency.