We focus our work and our funding solely on improving the lives of women and girls. Buffalo is the 4th poorest city in the nation - with surrounding communities also struggling. The majority of families living under the poverty line in Western New York have single moms as the head of the household, and these moms need good paying jobs to move their families out of poverty. When women get the tools they need to land a job with a family-sustaining wage, and children have somewhere safe and productive to be while their mom's are at work, our community gains more contributors to the economy. All of our initiatives have a direct impact on improving self sufficiency of women and girls. Women are the key to creating sustainable change in our region.