United Community’s Family Achievement Program (FAP) is centered around helping families achieve self-sufficiency and independence through one-on-one coaching, connecting them to community resources, and partnering with organizations and programs that share our desire to help families succeed. Our new partnership with Building Momentum is an amazing example of how FAP helps participants achieve their goals and learn valuable career skills.
Building Momentum began in 2014 as a direct response to the ever-changing world of technology and the need for effective training. Innovation and creativity are at the core of their mission, providing education in advanced technologies like 3D printing, laser cutting, welding, CAD, GPS, Drones, and much more.
At present, four FAP participants are not only receiving free training on how to use a laser cutting machine, they are also being paid $21 an hour as they work on a three month contract with Flags of Valor to create Build-Your-Own American Flag Kits. For one participant, himself a veteran, this is a meaningful opportunity. He said,”Thank you for this opportunity. This place is awesome and I will get paid to learn how to operate tools…This is great!”.
“Employment and income are two main ingredients to achieve self-sufficiency and independence – the main goal of FAP” said Gina Macanlalay, FAP Program Director. According to Gina, program feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, one participant interviewed for a position as a Camp Counselor with Building Momentum and we’re working together to create more possibilities for growth. United Community is grateful for our partnership with Building Momentum as we work towards providing opportunities for the families we serve.