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Co-Sponsored Film Screening & Discussion: The Road Up

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT

Funders Together is excited to co-sponsor this film screening and discussion alongside Workforce Matters.

Even before COVID-19, a staggering number of American workers were trapped in a kind of economic purgatory, unable to get—or keep—a job that could help them escape poverty. Now, the pandemic has left millions more unemployed, exposing the precariousness of the workforce, and magnifying the urgency of job training as an issue.

The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they seek to make the long journey to stable employment in good jobs. Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own experiences drive him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy, the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from getting—and keeping—a job.

Register now to receive a special pass to watch the film for free on your own time during our private screening window October 5th - 7th, then join us for an interactive discussion with the filmmakers, Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, and Jesse Teverbaugh and Maria Kim of Cara on Thursday, October 8th at 2:00 pm eastern.


Register through Workforce Matters by clicking the registration button below.

Click here to register for The Road Up Film Screening & Discussion

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, pleasecontact Stephanie Chan,Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

October 08, 2020 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tabitha Blackwell ·

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  • Lauren Samblanet
    published this page in Programming 2020-09-24 15:58:43 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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