On Wednesday, March 19th, The Center for Working Families hosted its inaugural "Time to Make the Doughnuts!" fundraising breakfast at the Atlanta Commerce Club. The event showcased the Center's Moving to Entrepreneurship (MTE) program, featured impact testimonies from the Center's participants Ryan Wiggins and D'Nise Fitzpatrick, and honored longstanding supporters Michael Kay (founding Board member) with the Champion Award, and Gail Hayes (former Director, Atlanta Civic Site - Annie E. Casey Foundation) with the Trailblazer Award. Hosted by WSB-TV's Anchor, Erin Coleman, over 100 partners and supporters attended the breakfast, which raised $14,000 for the Center's asset building programs and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).

To support our own, the Center proudly contracted the services of Moving to Entrepreneurship graduates Dedric Hutchins (Delights Desserts Catering), Tammy Hines (voiceover production) and Quinn West (photography and videography services) for the event.

Click the image below for a gallery of pictures from the event!

Be on the lookout for the Center's first Moving to Entrepreneurship Directory soon, so you can support our locally owned small businesses too! 
Many thanks to our Breakfast Sponsors:
Marriott Hotels, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and our Host Committee: Ruth Ann Norton, Blythe Robinson, Doug Ammar, David Jackson, LaShawn Hoffman, Michael Johnson, and Council Member Joyce Sheperd.

Permanent Leadership Ahead:
The Center's Board of Directors has initiated a search for its new Executive Director. Interested candidates should apply by April 18, 2014.
See position announcement here




A Stronger Partnership: The Center and Literacy Action 

Longstanding partners The Center for Working Families and Literacy Action have launched a two-year training pilot that aims to reduce unemployment by 1% in Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) in Southwest Atlanta. The unemployment rate in NPU-V is 16%, in comparison to the 9% rate in the City of Atlanta.


This exciting project is funded by JPMorgan Chase with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 



Participant Spotlight

Meet Zakee, 2013 Moving to Entrepreneurship graduate and proud owner of Braids of Natural Art LLC, an interactive children's hair salon in Atlanta. Zakee took advantage of our asset building programs and received a $4,000 grant through our Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Congrats!


Click the logo to watch Zakee's promotional video, and make an appointment for your child's braiding needs today!


If you are interested in our Entrepreneurship program,  contact Harold Leffall, Asset Building Program Manager at

404-230-7121 or by email at hleffall@tcwfi.org
In This Issue
Time to Make the Doughnuts!
A Stronger Partnership
Participant Spotlight
Upcoming Events and Workshops

April 2: Money Moves, Part I; 6:00pm
April 3: Member Nite; 6:00pm

April 5: Homebuyer Education; 8:30am-4:00pm
April 9: Money Moves, Part II; 6:00pm 
April 15: Employer Alliance Breakfast; 8:30am  
April 16: Credit Smart; 6:00pm
April 17: Spring Job Fair; 9:00am-12:00pm

April 23: A Penny Saved; 6:00pm
April 29: Open House; 3:00pm-5:00pm
April 30: Credit Smart; 6:00pm
for questions or to RSVP.

Two Weeks Left to File Your Taxes!

April 15th will be here in no time. If your household earned under $50,000 in 2013, the Center's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team can prepare your federal and state taxes, for free! The Center was the largest VITA site in Atlanta last year, filing over 1,000 returns.

To schedule an appt please call the front desk at 404-223-3303. 


Senator Johnny Isakson Visits the Center. 


On March 24th, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited the Center to promote the IRS and Georgia Free File programs, which help taxpayers prepare and file their taxes online for free, using top tax preparation software. Georgia is one of only 21 states that sponsors a State Free File program. 


Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Natallie Keiser, TCWFI Interim Executive Director


Milton Little, President - United Way of Greater Atlanta, Bill Bolling, President - Atlanta Community Food Bank and a host of Atlanta nonprofits including Center for Black Women's Wellness, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Goodwill of North Georgia and others were in attendance, to hear about the program and dialogue with Senator Isakson. 



The Center for Working Families
477 Windsor Street Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
www.tcwfi.org  | 404-223-3303