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Lift to Rise works to address the underlying causes and consequences of poverty in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. We employ a collective impact frame, informed by deep community engagement, that fosters strategy to immediately stabilize conditions for vulnerable residents and simultaneously advance systems change. 

How do we create a better future for our families?

Our work intervenes in three different spaces that shape local opportunity: story, strength, and change. We seek to uplift our region’s story: to reframe the local narrative surrounding poverty based on evidence and inclusive dialogue, to shape local policymaking and practice, and enable collective action. We build local strength: to increase our collective ability to build and sustain social change over time. Finally, we work to instigate meaningful change: to stabilize and support Coachella Valley families through the implementation, evaluation, and scaling of economic stability, housing, and health-related interventions.  

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Lift To Rise works closely with cross-sector organizations engaged in neighborhood-level work in Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) to accomplish the following in an ongoing cycle:

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Lift to Rise also works across the Coachella Valley to catalyze grassroots organizations, institutions, and systems to shift their attention and activities toward mutually reinforced solutions in an ongoing cycle:


Lift To Rise is comprised of several working groups (CANs), each with a specific role and focus. These groups communicate and collaborate with one another to move the work of systems change forward.

Our CANs use a framework of rapid improvement cycles in which we identify key, measurable performance measures and outcomes to create ongoing learning toward achieving results.

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Data underlies our entire approach. We use local data to identify gaps by race, gender and other demographics to understand the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable residents and to design strategies to effectively target intervention. Partnerships use these findings as evidence to make decisions in real time, improve and scale practices and target resources to support what works.

Lift To Rise partners are currently developing a multi-year action plan, which will mobilize our partnerships and propel us towards achieving results work toward better results.

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Housing Stability

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Mental Health