For many of the women we serve, holding down one minimum-wage job—or even several—is not the solution to getting out of poverty. Living paycheck-to-paycheck not only causes chronic stress that impacts brain function, it also keeps women from pursing future-oriented workforce training opportunities with career laddering opportunities.
Maricopa County’s Self-Sufficiency Standard Wage
Listed below per household demographic is the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without relying on public subsidies or private assistance. And since 86% of Fresh Start women are mothers, we know that minimum wage jobs are unsustainable for supporting children or escaping poverty.
SINGLE ADULT WITH NO CHILDREN
ADULT + SCHOOL-AGE CHILD
ADULT + INFANT
ADULT + INFANT + SCHOOL-AGE CHILD
CURRENT MINIMUM WAGE IN ARIZONA
Source: Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington. Prepared for Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona. (2021)
Access to education & career opportunities are imperative to empowering women and ensuring sustained self-sufficiency.
Our emphasis on economic advancement allows Fresh Start women to set and achieve their individual career goals, helping them better financially support themselves and their families.
Empowering Arizona’s women, enhancing Arizona’s economy
Our holistic approach readies women to pursue sustainable career pathways in today’s
Career-focused programs at Fresh Start help women achieve their goals,
cultivating long-term outcomes that allows them to support themselves and their families. Of survey respondents over the last three years:
saw an income increase after utilizing Fresh Start career services
found fresh start moderately to extremely useful towards helping increase income
found fresh start moderately to extremely useful in helping to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency
would recommend fresh start career services to other women
Read more about the impact our work has in the lives of the women we serve and our broader community.