The Pathway to Self-Sufficiency

Families with children are one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population today




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Striding into the future

Group focuses on self-sufficiency

By Clarke Reader Lakewood Sentinel

Posted:Fri Dec 20 2013

The mission of Stride is to provide the pathway to self-sufficiency, and the organization has been working for more than 20 years to provide that service to those in need.

“We started because we saw a lot of community members weren’t seeing any self-sufficiency issues being covered,” Jessica Shochat, development coordinator with Stride said . “Most of our families are in Jefferson County, but we help some in Adams and Denver as well.”

The criteria for receiving aid from the group is people must have dependent children living with them.

According to Shochat, Stride currently serves around 70 families, and helps with all kind of issues, from financial literacy to mental health services. The organization also has a transitional housing program, which helps families find safe housing for up to two years.

“We find out what areas our clients need help with, and then direct them to the proper community partner,” she said. “Our case managers are on hand to provide individual support for what they may need.”

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Stride, a Lakewood nonprofit, helps break cycle of poverty

By Electa Draper The Denver Post The Denver Post

Posted:Sun Nov 27 01:00:00 MST 2011

Casandra Lozano was near her breaking point after the sudden violent death of her husband and family debt of $40,000 forced her to work two full-time jobs and a part-time cleaning job to provide for her three young children. Instead, she had a breakthrough, with help from Stride, a Lakewood nonprofit.

"I knew I had to do something different," the 30-year-old Lozano said.

She had never been on state assistance, but the random shooting death of her husband while he traveled in Mexico, the suicides of friends and a physical attack on her young daughter in the span of a few years finally convinced her she needed help, she said.

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