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.

 

$35,252

Average cost of incarceration per individual in North Carolina

vs

$3,295

cost of employment training per participant at StepUp Durham

 

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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.

285

Job placements secured after completing StepUp's Employment Program

77%

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

312

All-time graduates since StepUp Durham opened in 2015

 

Sources for Statistics Referenced

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