What changes for families who’ve lived in poverty when the amount on their paychecks more than doubles?
Climb participants who were employed before Climb often worked in low-wage jobs, piecing together basic needs like food and housing. Two years after Climb, these moms are typically earning more than double their previous paychecks.
Here’s what they tell us:
On $1,000/month or less you are…
- Driving an unreliable vehicle that could break down at any moment.
- Busy managing chaos day-to-day, with no time to think about setting goals for the future.
- Reliant on unhealthy relationships to help with basic needs like food, transportation and housing.
- Having to choose between paying for heat or buying food in the middle of the winter.
- Sinking so far into debt that you stop paying attention to the bills piling up at your doorstep.
On $2,500/month or more you are…
- Proudly paying for your groceries with cash instead of a food stamp card.
- Sending your kids to school with homemade lunches instead of relying on free or reduced meals.
- Providing Christmas presents for your family without help.
- Moving into your own housing and enjoying independence for the first time.
- Feeling supported and valued in your work place, with paid leave to plan ahead for a family vacation.
- Getting out of debt and paying all your bills at the end of every month.