While our world has undoubtedly changed, our commitment to the community has remained the same. We are proud to continue to provide uninterrupted program offerings at our UP Center locations. Please note that face coverings are required at all times. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

STEP Success Story by Carla Cox, Program Director

Will is a spirited, smiling, happy person who strives to work hard and bring joy to others. We first met Will in the Success Training Employment Program as someone desperate to find an employer to take a chance on him. I can remember his excitement when I visited him for the first time at his job at Lucky’s Market where he showed off his name tag and the produce section where he worked. When Lucky’s announced closures, Will was devastated.

It took several months of searching until he found his next job. Through it all, I was always impressed with Will’s determination and positive attitude. One day as I was walking through the hallway I asked, “What smells like BBQ?” Without missing a beat Will replied, “That’s me! I started my new job a Cecil’s BBQ,” a long-time partner of United Against Poverty.

Will worked hard to save and budget his money and it paid off in a huge way. That night he was going to a home where he could shower. The entire time Will was in the Success Training Employment Program he was living on the streets. We are so proud of Will as he passed his 90-days at Cecil’s.