Center for Working Families

Focus: HOPE’s Center for Working Families (CWF) helps individuals and families to become financially stable, develop or update professional work skills and learn how to build their personal assets.

Our CWF, which opened in September 2008, is based on a highly successful national model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to move people out of poverty and increase family stability. The hallmark of the CWF approach is bringing together—or “bundling”—access to a full range of essential economic supports in a convenient location to help families build self-sufficiency, stabilize their finances, and move ahead.


The financial literacy class was very informative not only on saving money but it helped me look at the way I spend my money, how to budget the little money I receive, how to read a credit report, the 

As I attend job club with the Workforce Development Coach, I am fascinated to know that my past work history has value today, especially since I’m an older worker. I now realize I have many transferable skills.

I never fully understood the hiring world until job seeker boot camp.  Now, all the tools and skills I gained I can keep for a life time

I am a better job candidate because I am better prepared for an interview.  I have an updated resume that showcases my skills better 

Job Seeker Boot Camp is very vital because it gave me the confidence that I lost being unemployed.  I received a lot of encouragement that was greatly appreciated

Center for working families Services

Our free financial services are available to individuals and families throughout the metro Detroit region. Our services include:

  • Financial Literacy Class & One-on-One Financial Coaching – Four week financial literacy begin at the start of each month. Class meets for 90 minutes twice a week and cover budgeting, banking, credit and handling financial emergencies. Participants meet with a financial coach to prepare a workable budget, review credit report, and develop a strategy for economic success. For a program flyer, click here
  • Employment & Education Assistance – The CWF workforce development coach has the tools to help individuals assess their skills and interests, identify education and training opportunities, provide guidance in the process of acquiring education funding, and help individuals prepare to enter, or re-enter, the workforce. Job Seeker's Boot Camp courses meet daily from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a four week period. Participants receive training and support services to help them obtain employment. For a program flyer, click here
  • Income Support Assistance – The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has a permanent presence on the Focus: HOPE campus. Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to help individuals determine their eligibility for public benefits and provide referrals to other community resources when needed.

The Focus: HOPE CWF is a proud member of the Greater Detroit Center for Working Families', a network of CWFs across Detroit and Pontiac working collectively to provide financial opportunities to its participants.

To download a brochure click here

To learn more about the work we do and the individuals we work with, Detroit LISC created a video that can be viewed here

For more information about our program call 313.494.4802 to schedule an appointment or stop by our two campus locations:

Machinist Training Institute (MTI)
1200 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238

Family Learning Center
1400 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238