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To visually demonstrate the goals and objectives of its services within the community, Hopelink developed its own Theory of Change. The graphic below shows that Hopelink services result in two primary outcomes.
First, Hopelink services help clients achieve stability through the provision of basic needs, such as shelter and food. By achieving stability, the harmful effects of poverty are eased for all family members. Without the stresses of homelessness or hunger, family members are more able to focus on the next phase of their journey out of poverty.
Second, clients become equipped to exit poverty through the acquisition of skills and knowledge that can permanently change their lives. Clients come to Hopelink earning far from what is considered a living wage—the amount of income it takes to live without any financial assistance. Hopelink works with clients through various programs that can: increase their income, improve their employment potential, maintain stable housing, and when appropriate, advance their education.
It is important to note that Hopelink, through its many community partnerships, is able to connect clients with many resources outside of its own programs and services.