How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes: Full List of Recipients

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Full List of Recipients

At each performance of How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, audiences were invited to consider 5 approaches most frequently deployed in the U.S. to fight poverty: 1) making opportunities, 2) education, 3) daily needs, 4) direct aid, and 5) system change. Every night culminated in an audience-wide vote deciding what approach to fighting poverty would lead to an onstage reveal of a local cause receiving $1,000 of that evening’s ticket sales. Here are the recipients.

Wednesday, 1/24 – Student Matinee: MAKING OPPORTUNITIES

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp | Welcome Fairfax

Developed through a collaborative process with the Cleveland Clinic, the program creates an employment path resulting in greater access to targeted entry level jobs, training, and supportive services leading to sustained employment. Participants engage in financial literacy and computer training, résumé preparation and interview skills, along with educational sessions with Cleveland Clinic hiring managers and recruiters.

Wednesday, 1/24 – Evening Performance: SYSTEM CHANGE

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. | Housing First Initiative

Through providing over 500 units of housing without requiring pre-determined clinical goals, the initiative has reduced the chronically homeless by 78%. Acting as the backbone organization in the initiative, Enterprise Community Partners leads the plan to create more units, develop a plan to expand a program focused on chronically homeless families and young adults, and provide access to health care through a mobile health clinic.

Thursday, 1/25: DIRECT AID

FrontLine Service | Client Assistance Fund

Offers rental assistance for veterans and their families only to prevent evictions and rehouse homeless veterans. May provide energy, gas, and/or utility bill assistance to qualified families in order to help them avoid homelessness due to eviction or utility shutoff/disconnection.

Friday, 1/26: EDUCATION

Baldwin Wallace University | Baldwin Wallace Scholars Program

Preparing academically at-risk African American male students for post-secondary success by providing assistance in academic enrichment, college preparation, leadership, and service.


Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry | Employment Services

Provide a full spectrum of services for teens that are at-risk, previously incarcerated individuals, and people experiencing homelessness. These services include case management, job readiness, hard skills training, and job placement with retention services. The program focuses on certifications in STNA, building trades, and culinary arts ServSafe through the Social Enterprise’s Central Kitchen.

Sunday, 1/28: SYSTEM CHANGE

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) | Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities

LEAP believes that individuals with disabilities have the right to apply their strengths, talents, and interests to purposeful and meaningful employment. Employment Services provides a flexible blend of strategies, services, and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with complex needs so they can succeed in the work world.