Funder Partners

We work with partners and donors across sectors who believe in our mission and have witnessed the impact our work has in our community. Together, we partner to connect people to careers and support individuals on their path to self sufficiency.

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Towards Employment has extensive provider partnerships across the community, often aligning services with organizations doing similar work. We also bring our services to other partner locations. In each partnerships, we leverage each other’s expertise to ensure participants and graduates benefit from as many resources as possible.


Towards Employment capacity building campaign


Our Career Pathway Model


Right job at the right time at the right place with seamless and comprehensive supports in place.


Deep understanding of employer needs that is responsive to hiring needs.


From the beginning of engagement, an employment plan focused on growing a career, not just a job.


Connect job seekers to high demand sectors that offer quality jobs with strong career pathways.

The program's model takes a dual customer approach to meet the needs of both job seekers and employers.

Intake and Screening

Ensure that they can benefit from training and can meet sector requirements.

First Step: Stability

Career Readiness

Help them understand the needs of their chosen sector and develop "soft skills".

Upskilling: Technical or paid on the job training

Provide training that leads to industry-recognized credentials for in-demand jobs.

Job Development & Placement

Facilitate entry into jobs for which they have been trained.

Retention & Advancement

Support performance and career mobility after initial job placement.

Alumni: Social Capital


The Social Determinants of Work

Towards Employment works with partners to provide individualized access to supportive services and other resources to Cuyahoga residents. Together, we work to address barriers of the social determinants of work.

Social Determinants of Work

Job Flexibility




Sustained Education

Home & Community Health

Broadband Access

Access to Justice

Real People,

LaToria Davis

LaToria Davis

LaToria Davis

"Everybody has a story to tell."

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

"I feel like without Towards Employment I would not be on the path that I’m on. I love my job."

Linda Butts

Linda Butts

Linda Butts

"I am living proof that you can come from nothing and be something."

Tiara Colbert

Tiara Colbert

Tiara Colbert

"Towards Employment helps to build confidence. They help remind people they’re not alone, that this is a process."

TE's Policy & Advocacy


Our Policy Action Plan

We promote economic mobility, focusing on those most impacted by systemic racism. We educate and advocate for a more equitable workforce system where racial income gaps have been eliminated and everyone has access to family sustaining wages and quality jobs.

Our Supporters

Abington Foundation
Bank of America
Buckeye Health
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Citizen's Bank
Cleveland Votes
Bruening Foundation
Dusenbury Family Charitable Endowment Fund
FirstEnergy Foundation

Frank Hadley Ginn & Cornelia
Root Ginn Foundation
New York Community Bank
Nord Family Fund
Sacred Heart Fund
St. Luke's Foundation
Thatcher Family Fund
The Callahan Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation
The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust
The George Gund Foundation
The Higley Fund
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation
The Lozick Family Foundation
The Treu-Mart Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Union Home Mortgage Foundation

This list of foundation and corporate donors is current as of December, 2023.
If you do not see your name, please contact Adaora Schmiedl at

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Adaora Schmiedl

Chief Advancement & Community Engagement Officer

(216) 696-5750 x223