Our Impact

StepUp Durham offers three major resources for job seekers: opportunity, connection, and hope.
— Mel Williams, End Poverty Durham

An estimated 1.6 million North Carolinians––one in five adults––has a criminal record. In fiscal year 2017-2018, about 46% of StepUp Durham participants navigated their employment search with a criminal record.



Average cost of incarceration per individual in North Carolina



cost of employment training per participant at StepUp Durham


Click on the images below for quotes & links to more impact stories.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16.3% of the people living in Durham are below the poverty level. Many of these men and women are actively seeking a more stable living situation, but face challenges such as criminal backgrounds, racial inequality, histories of drug abuse, domestic violence, and/or homelessness.

Unemployment and lack of resources keeps the entire community from thriving. And every family deserves stability.


Job placements secured after completing StepUp's Employment Program


Of participants went from no income to an average wage of $11.23


total people trained in StepUp’s Employment Program


Sources for Statistics Referenced

Top Banner Image: American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC