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General Background

The multidimensional Headway program that was created in 2012 aimed to develop self-sufficiency among working poor families. The program serviced 1000s of families throughout the country. As a result of its overwhelming success, the Israeli Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services adopted Headway in 2018. In response to the financial crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, Yedidut Toronto adapted the Headway program to address the needs of families in situational poverty. Individual, marital and family tension intensify their financial challenges. Similar to the initial Headway target group, these families need support, guidance and assistance to help them find employment, gain financial stability and improve their family dynamics.

Target Population

Families in which the unemployment of one or both of the partners in the past few months has led to financial distress. The family needs to demonstrate commitment to undergo the intensive process.

Vision and goals

The Headway program strives to assist both working poor families and families suffering from situational poverty. The program helps them to find appropriate jobs, manage their household finances, maintain a balanced budget, and build healthy family relationships.