We believe residents are better able to prosper when they are healthy and financially secure. Through our services and programs designed to help people improve their health and financial stability, we are working to fulfill our vision of a more just and equitable Miami.
Catalyst Miami connects individuals and families to health insurance and income supports (basic needs services), and provides financial services, products, and coaching. Through partnerships, we also help clients navigate issues related to immigration, education, employment, and housing. We bring these services to where residents live and work, improving community members’ general well-being and empowering them to act as advocates in their own lives.
The Building Prosperity Workforce Cohort aims to help people transition into full-time, living-wage jobs. Participants are placed in top workforce programs, where they receive professional training and connect with employment agencies. The cohort meets monthly to track their progress, discuss their experiences in the workforce programs, and share ideas and strategies for improving them. Participants receive $50 for each monthly session they attend.
Small businesses are the bedrock of our local economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Catalyst Miami was one of three organizations to receive a grant from the City of Miami to support small businesses that had suffered economic losses. We began providing technical assistance to help businesses get back on their feet, and we will continue offering this service beyond the pandemic.
The Worker-Owned Enterprises Program equips Miami-Dade County workers with the tools to create employee-owned businesses called worker cooperatives. These community-driven businesses are owned and democratically run by the people who work there. Through cooperatives, the Program contributes to a new, more resilient economy that works for all by supporting living-wage jobs, creating business ownership opportunities, and developing wealth from the ground up.
Future Bound Miami is a Children's Savings Account (CSA) program that establishes a free, long-term savings account for kindergarten students, increasing their readiness for college or postsecondary education. By 2023, we seek to establish a CSA for all kindergarten students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS).