Branches provides life-changing opportunities to help hardworking families and their children break the cycle of generational poverty.
Branches was established in 1973 as the urban and social justice agency of what is now the South East District of the United Methodist Church. Up until 1999, Branches focused on grassroots organizing, advocacy and working with community members who were disadvantaged and/or experiencing social injustice. During this period, Branches focused resources in the areas of social crisis, immigration, housing, hospice care and hurricane relief, among others. Since 2000, Branches has embarked on developing and implementing programs that address the root causes of poverty and address immediate and critical needs. Today, Branches' menu of services provides a continuum of support to community members to empower them to pursue life changing opportunities.
We fulfill our mission by engaging children, youth and adults with life-changing opportunities for them to become better educated, become more financially stable and make long-term, positive life choices. Our focus is on student achievement, family services, and financial wellness, and our programs serve children, youth, adults and families through our three respective program areas: Grow, Climb & Achieve.
Branches' recent achievements include:
100% of our students who remain engaged in the Grow and Climb programs, graduate from High School.
98% of our High School graduates pursue a post-secondary plan. (College, Vocational or Military)
Branches is currently supporting 47 college students via mentoring and by providing over $125,000 in support this year alone from the Branches Climb thru College Scholarship.
Through the COVID Pandemic, Branches provided financial wellness and small business services to 12,000+ individuals in our community.
Personal Financial Coaching participants increased savings by an average of $2,630 and improved their credit score by an average of 36 points.