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Michael Moran Speaker Series: Poverty in Pittsburgh

A round table discussion of community leaders was held on Friday, November 7, 2014, with Liane and Dave Phillips, co-founders of Cincinnati Works at the Spring Hill Suites – Bakery Square, 134 Bakery Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Download and listen to the audio here:
Poverty In Pittsburgh Part 1
Poverty In Pittsburgh Part 2

Dave & Liane Phillips

Jessika Lopez & Elizabeth Tubito, East Liberty Development

Jenn Tribble & Alaina Warren, Jr League


The intention of the event is to engage the leaders of Pittsburgh, who have manifested a commitment to ending poverty in Pittsburgh, in an inquiry as to the creation of an antipoverty program for Pittsburgh designed to remove families from the cycle of poverty.

Cincinnati Works

Dave & Liane Phillips

The Cincinnati Works program offers a holistic approach to eliminating poverty. Over 5,000 people have been helped begin their journey to economic self-sufficiency since Dave & Liane Phillips founded Cincinnati Works in 1996 using their personal resources.

The Cincinnati Works staff and volunteers provide access to a work force for area employers while providing comprehensive support services. These services include:

  • Behavioral Counseling
  • Job Training & Recruitment
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Spiritual Support
  • Childcare Resources
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Lifetime Membership

The roundtable panelists, sent a personal invitation by mail, will engage in an authentic conversation about forming a collaborative network – Pittsburgh Bridges – using the model provided by the Cincinnati Works program. There will be limited seats for observers.

The Forum for Economic Development, Inc. will convene future similar events to pursue this objective and commits itself as a stakeholder in the venture Pittsburgh Bridges as it is created by those who align and commit to a common initiative whereby each player creates its own participation.

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