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Claudia Cifuentes. Unemployment: 16% unemployment in the communities we serve. Banking : 50% of households have no bank accounts. Language Barrier : 40% speak little or no English, limiting employment opportunities.

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Claudia cifuentes

Claudia Cifuentes

Claudia cifuentes

Unemployment: 16% unemployment in the communities we serve

Banking: 50% of households have no bank accounts

Language Barrier: 40% speak little or no English, limiting employment opportunities.

Limited Education: 50% of adults lack a high school diploma. 70% lack post secondary education.

Poverty: 50% of our households are low-income. 1 in 3 households make less than $25,000 a year

Savings: 50% of our clients have no savings and no financial cushion for emergencies

Social Capital: lack of personal & professional networks make it hard to meet life challenges & find work

Claudia cifuentes

Financial Education & Services

Income & Housing Stabilization



& Peer Networks




To integrate resources to address the community’s needs in one central and supportive location while nurturing social networks to provide the “glue” for each individual’s journey toward economic security

Insert connect theory of change


Claudia cifuentes

Claudia Cifuentes

First came to CONNECT for financial coaching.

Enrolled in financial workshops and enrolled in the family self-sufficiency savings program

Increased her credit score by 50 points through budgeting for paying off debt

Re-enrolled in Bunker Hill college and graduated with an Associates in Accounting

Will transfer to UMass Boston to complete her Bachelor’s and is actively saving for her son’s education

“The biggest lesson that I have learned is to never give up. That no matter how hard things may seem, there is always a way forward.”

Claudia cifuentes

Building CONNECT

For Lasting Impact

Claudia cifuentes



    Director, CONNECT @CONNECT_mass

    The Neighborhood Developers @TND_inc

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