Our Platform for Change

Model impact

Drawing on the founders’ experience in the corporate arena, the Action Center realized that a simple or small investment in a company can stabilize it and change fortunes. So too can focused, structured investments in families and individuals seed and stimulate a community.

The math is simple—poverty costs the state of New York 33 billion dollars for roughly 1 million in poverty per year. A simple, focused investment of $15,000 and below in resources and services in the same individuals and families moves them from improvised to stabilized and saves society not only the $33 billion due to poverty it would have lost, but stimulates the economy and society two- fold with educated, working, productive individuals for generations to come.

The Action Center implements these efforts through a platform which we call “Pathway to Pearls” (PTP) Changing irritants and challenges to gems of beauty. PTP case managers assist our base in understanding what is needed to move the needle, then tackles their poverty on three fronts based on their unique needs.

  • Education—through after-school programs, adult remediation, job training, teen life management and guaranteed job placement after rigorous instruction (6,000 kids and 4,000 adults served to-date)
  • Feeding–we are the largest Food Bank on the Peninsula, feeding 1,000 residents a day during the height of Sandy and approximately 3,000 per month at present through our OceanBay, Hammels and Cornaga locations
  • Empowerment — through health services (mental, supplemental, advocacy), legal services (housing, record clearing, benefits), income support services (benefits maximizing, jobs, educational enhancement, etc.), and family and support services (66,000) residents served to date.