There’s no quick fix in beating the cycle of poverty. Providing long-term, sustainable solutions for homeless women and their children, Second Step Housing (SSH) empowers families to overcome financial and social barriers to a better quality of life.

Identifying the lack of affordable housing options in Vancouver, WA,  SSH opened their first home in 1995, serving three women and their families. Twenty-two years later, the organization has grown to 10 transitional housing properties with 42 units, serving over 225 individuals every year.

With collaboration and personal connection at the heart of their work,  SSH partners with other nonprofit organizations, local businesses and community members to meet the needs of the population they serve. Offering transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and educational courses focused on improving life skills, SSH takes a sustainable approach to combating the cycle of poverty.

Visit SSH’s website to join their team of volunteers.

This week we’re sitting down with members of the organization to learn more about their efforts to empower low-income and homeless individuals and families as a part of our award winning Community Voices series. These interviews will be posted below.