Community Partners
Curriculum and Research Partner

Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS)

Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS) is an independently funded community-based center within Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work that promotes long-range solutions to the issue of self-sufficiency through community engagement using education, practice, and research on psychological self-sufficiency (PSS) as a vehicle.

Transforming Impossible into Possible (TIP)® program was developed by Dr. Philip Hong and his research team at the CROSS. It is a transformative social change model that serves as a framework to empower individuals. Based on evidence generated through Dr. Hong’s research on psychological self-sufficiency (PSS) in workforce development, TIP® emerged as a core bottom-up system change model that supports successful processes and outcomes in various sectors of human services.

Evaluation and Research Partner

Become, Inc.

Become’s mission is to nourish communities affected by poverty and injustice to make their vision of a thriving community a reality. Become uses a Culturally Responsive Community Development approach, with the goal of increasing participation in the life of the community, and connect and support organizations and leaders, to promote greater social wellbeing and cohesion. Become’s services include dynamic program evaluation, training, and facilitation are just some of our services to help organizations and communities build capacity.

Advocacy Partner

Community Organizing and Family Issues

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)  is a center and a resource for Family Focused Organizing, leadership development and community building focused on the well being of children, youth and families. Founded in 1995, COFI is driven by a deep commitment to social justice and grounded in the time-tested principles, strategies, accomplishments, and approaches of community organizing.


COFI has partnered with Power of Fathers to train fathers and staff in community organizing and advocacy skills so that fathers can use their voices and their presence to effectively create policy and systems changes for themselves,  their families, and their communities.

Power of Fathers
5958 S Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60636





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