Center for Working Families

Focus: HOPE’s Center for Working Families (CWF)helps individuals and families to become financially stable, develop or update professional work skills and learn how to build their personal assets.

Our CWF, which opened in September 2008, is based on a highly successful national model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to move people out of poverty and increase family stability. The hallmark of the CWF approach is bringing together—or “bundling”—access to a full range of essential economic supports in a convenient location to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize their finances, and move ahead.


CWF no cost services include:

  • One-on-One Financial Coaching – your coach will help you prepare a workable budget, review your credit report, and provide resources that will guide you to solid money management.
  • Employment & Education Assistance – your workforce development coach has the tools to help you assess your skills and interests, identify education and training opportunities, provide guidance in the process of acquiring education funding, and help you prepare to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.
  • Income Support Assistance – An Income Support Specialist will help determine your eligibility for public benefits and will provide referrals to other community resources to fill a gap when needed.

Participants are saying…

The financial literacy class was very informative not only on saving money but it helped me look at the way I spend my money, how to budget the little money I receive, how to read a credit report, the difference between a credit card & a debit card and so much more!

In the past, I did not want to look at my credit report, but after pulling it I learned that it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

As I attend job club with the Workforce Development Coach, I am fascinated to know that my past work history has value today, especially since I’m an older worker. I now realize I have many transferable skills.

The Focus: HOPE CWF is a proud member of the Greater Detroit Center for Working Families', a network of CWFs across Detroit and Pontiac working collectively to provide financial opportunities to its participants.

Please click here to download a brochure.

Call the CWF at 313.494.4802 to schedule an appointment or stop by our 2 locations on campus:

Machinist Training Institute (MTI)
1200 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238

Family Learning Center
1400 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238