Community Wise

Bill Taft

A LISC Indy partner gets the presidential stamp of approval

By Bill Taft
Executive Director, LISC Indianapolis

It's exciting to see President Obama celebrating the work of a great partner to LISC like Ivy Tech. The President’s highlighting of the impact that a community college can have on a community has been reflected in how Ivy Tech has been part of... More[+]

Traci and Danita

With the help of financial coach Danita Wadley, Houston FOC client Traci McMurtry (right) improved her credit rating, which paved the way to purchasing a dump truck to start her own business.


LISC has the right formula to help people "pull out of poverty"

For families who have long struggled to make ends meet, a decent job is a first step toward financial stability. But, it's only the first step. Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary takes a close look at how LISC's network of Financial Opportunity Centers connect job training and placement with long-term, one-on-one financial coaching—what she calls "the missing link"—that helps people boost their credit ratings, reduce debt and build savings. More[+]...

FOCs at work in the heartland

Prosperity Center FOC

Financial coaches are "the key" to helping low-income people build good credit and job stability, LISC's Chris Vukas told a Kansas City Fox News team. Citing a Washington Post column that trumpeted LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) last month, the news spot highlights the work of three area FOCs, and LISC Kansas City, in showing how financial coaches empower clients to be their own best money managers. More[+]...

LISC's work shines on MSNBC

MSNBC Morning Joe

Challenging but transformative—that's how LISC's Michael Rubinger, in an interview on Morning Joe, described the work of helping lift low-income neighborhoods across America. Rubinger made a case for investing in comprehensive community development, which was also highlighted in a video segment about LISC's effort to repurpose an abandoned school in Flint, Michigan into affordable senior housing. More[+]...