Building Families First Community Organization
Livonia

38099 Schoolcraft Road       
Livonia, MI 48140                           734-743-1351
info@bffcdo.org

Detroit 

2nd Chance Ministries
2535 Michigan Ave.
Detroit Mi 48216
313-473-7583

Artisha is a graduate of a HUD funded federal program called FSS and recently became a homeowner with help from her FSS Escrow account. During her participation in the Keys To Transformation program, Artisha obtained a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with a grade point average of 3.5. While in school she had a second child but was able to care for her children, attend classes, work part time and complete class assignments. 

Artisha began her employment as a Stay-in-School program participant at a local agency where her work schedule revolved around her class schedule. Eventually she secured a permanent, professional series position as a Grants Management Specialist. She has now been employed for nine years.

Artisha worked with her Keys to Transformation coordinator and attended several financial seminars and budgeting and energy conservation workshops to prepare for homeownership. And now she is homeowner!

During the period of her participation in Keys To Transformation program, Artisha has had to resolve serious challenges to her well-being, which she has successfully done. She now is committed to a healthy lifestyle for herself and her daughters and says she feels blessed to have had an opportunity to participate in the Keys To Transformation program.
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BFFCO “Path to Prosperity” model empowers individuals and families out of poverty through a comprehensive, integrated, proven system of care that engages and existing, already HUD funded human service delivery system.
The “Path to Prosperity “model incorporates a holistic, 19 domain assessment to understand the family’s strengths and needs. 
As a strength based, person centered approach to case planning, we then encourage individuals to ask, what path would you like to take? How would you like to prosper? We support them on that journey through their plan, collaborating with additional community partners and providing resources along the way.
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It is the expressed purposes of the Building Families First Community Organization Keys to Transformation Program (KTT) to assist low-income families who receive housing assistance achieve the American dream of true upward mobility through our "Pathway to Prosperity" model. The needs assessment and selection steps are designed to ensure that each  participant has a solid, achievable plan for economic self-sufficiency backed by the appropriate supportive services. 

The KTT Program seeks to accomplish this through two different levels of assistance to each family who participates in the program. 

  • The first of those levels (Remediation Stage), seek to address barriers to successful achievement resulting from educational and training/deficiencies.  
  • The second level (Transitional Stage), seeks to build upon the first level by providing opportunities for financial and investment counseling, home ownership and budgeting seminars, minor repair and maintenance training and other experiences which enhance their probability of success once they have made the transition into home ownership and off all forms of government assistance. 
During the Remediation Stage, program staff, in conjunction with staff from other needs-based or state and federally funded programs, works with the family to implement the plan.  
Activities to assist the family might include: 

Remedial education and literacy classes (English as a secondary language)
High school completion or equivalency
Job training and preparation
Child care
Transportation
Substance abuse treatment and counseling
Family services
Homemaking skills and parenting
Money management
Investing counseling

The Remediation Stage is included to provide an opportunity for families to receive the kinds of services, education and training which would move them from a marginal employment situation to one in which there is an opportunity for career advancement.

The Transitional Stage is designed to permit the family time to accumulate sufficiency savings so it will be able to either make a substantial down payment on a home or, otherwise, prepare for long term housing in the private rental market. During this stage, the program staff will continue providing counseling and supportive services to insure participant success once they leave the program.  

The Transitional Stage is designed to permit the family time to accumulate sufficiency savings so it will be able to either make a substantial down payment on a home or, otherwise, prepare for long term housing in the private rental market. During this stage, the program staff will continue providing counseling and supportive services to insure participant success once they leave the program.  
Basic Needs (stabilize) – 
Services that stabilize and remove socioeconomic barriers
Economic Growth (accelerate) – 
Services which accelerate and create socioeconomic growth opportunities