We have an opportunity to end poverty in the U.S. by walking alongside business people like Anthony York. The story below notes that Anthony has had a painting and construction business for years. Recently, he took an assignment from a client that required him to add six people to his work crew. He knows his community, is a faithful church member, and is passionate about business.
With thousands of people like Anthony adding employees to their payrolls, we could see immense impact in family stability and community transformation through job creation.
People that I meet who are unemployed, or underemployed, desperately want to take care of themselves through a job. That’s why I’m excited about the growth of the U.S. Region of Partners Worldwide.
In June, we tallied 132 jobs created or sustained. Our goal for June 2014 is to at least double that number. Business training, mentoring, access to capital, and advocacy – all done in partnership with local leaders that honor Christ and work to create jobs. That is how we will get it done!
Your faithful support is vital. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the work happening in the U.S. by December 31, 2013.
Together we can create jobs that impact families and grow vibrant communities!
U.S. Regional Facilitator
P.S. Please make a contribution today to grow our network and help more entrepreneurs – like Anthony- and double our impact this coming year.
A PERSISTENT GULFPORT ENTREPRENEUR
GULFPORT, Mississippi — Though he’s faced fire, hurricanes and a giant oil spill, painter and builder Anthony York is proof that there is no limit to what the entrepreneurial spirit can accomplish, especially with a little lift from his friends. In York’s case, and that of his wife, Sarah, the owner of a daycare, one “lift” came in the form of a 12-week business training program conducted through Gaston Point CDC, a Partners Worldwide affiliate. Fortified with a new business plan, York was able to take his 20-year-old company to the next level. He also recently created six new jobs in a community still striving to rebuild.
Today, Anthony and Sarah York have a family of three children, ages 14, 12, and 10. Yet Anthony began his company when he wasn’t much older than his children—as a teenage boy of eighteen, just four years after his mom’s house caught on fire. “I started doing construction after the fire, because my mom didn’t have money to remodel her house,” he said. Four years earlier, several mentors showed the then fourteen-year-old youth how to do some simple construction projects, and a calling was born. “I realized I had a knack for it,” he said.
To read more about how Anthony has overcome trials and used his talents and business to provide for his family, click here.