The Steps to Success Program was established in 2015 to provide a comprehensive approach to employment and education that helps parents maximize their earning potential for long-term sustainability.

Our coaches work with parents when they enter shelter to offer guidance in career exploration based on their strengths, interests, and experience. Once a parent has identified their chosen employment path, staff and volunteers provide interviewing, resume building, and soft-skills coaching to ensure that guests confidently and accurately represent their skills to potential employers. Guests then begin the job application process, seeking opportunities both through conventional job listings and through accessing FPM’s broad network of volunteers and business partners.

When an offer is made, coaches assist families in evaluating the offer to be certain the new job will support both their short- and long-term goals. Transportation and day care needs associated with this new position are also evaluated.

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The Steps to Success program also supports parents in exploring educational and training opportunities that will advance their employment goals. Coaches help parents identify and enroll in relevant programs, and access scholarships and other community resources. FPM then provides tuition subsidies, as needed. To ensure success, FPM also subsidizes the cost of child care and transportation to reduce this barrier to further education.

In addition to working with parents, the Steps to Success program offers educational support to our middle and high school students, inspiring them to pursue their own paths to a future career. 

The Steps to Success program is available to families in our Shelter, SAIL program, or LIFE programs.