If you're like me, you know people who've recently lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Lots of people.
Now the shock of job loss -- especially in this economy -- is tough enough on its own. But what about the first month or two of going without, before unemployment benefits kick in and before someone has a chance to find a new role? How can we expect people to land new jobs when they're at risk of losing their car, their electricity, or their childcare?
To keep those kinds of expenses from sabotaging a job search, we've recently launched "Bridge Grants." This goal of this revolutionary new kind of funding at Modest Needs is simple: to see the newly unemployed through their toughest days.
We can't find people new jobs. But we sure can try to keep their heads above water for a short time while they're frantically doing it for themselves.