BRANCH OF THE VINCENTIAN FAMILY INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT: SVDP Orlando Dioceses
NAME OF SYSTEMIC CHANGE PROJECT: Up Loft & First Step
PROJECT ADDRESS: 770 S. OBT Apopka, Fl. 32703
CONTACT PERSON: Bruce Stumbras
LENGTH OF TIME THE PROJECT/PROGRAM HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE: < one year
Up Loft takes clients who are motivated but need training or financial help and sponsors them for a specific time, places them with a mentor and aids them with funds to reach their goals.
Our First Step is a program where we provide 25 to 30 clients with initial assessment development. They are then qualified for a three week training program (two, two hour sessions each week) getting clients ready for job search. 50% of the original group then receive five more weeks of Microsoft office training, The top 20% of the group received a computer and one year internet home service.
Our members feel we are mostly enablers and are not changing lives and are looking for ways to change models into a systemic change approach.
It is too early to assess the design of these programs.