Enhancing quality of life by empowering individuals and strengthening communities.

Bridges of Self-Sufficiency Program

BOSS Program Mission Statement:

Enhancing the quality of life by empowering and supporting individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.

Program Overview & Purpose:

The BOSS program is a mentor-guided program aimed at empowering and supporting families and individuals on their journey toward self-sufficiency. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to break free from poverty and build a brighter future. Through poverty education, intensive case management, and unwavering support, we are committed to providing the tools and guidance needed to pave the way for lasting transformation. Together, we bridge the gap between barriers and achievement, creating pathways to independence, stability, and prosperity for all.

History of Program:

The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) administers the Bridges of Self-Sufficiency Program (BOSS), which is primarily aimed at providing intensive case management to families experiencing multigenerational poverty, ultimately leading them toward self-sufficiency. The BOSS program was launched in June 2022 as a pilot initiative in three of NEMCSA's 11 core counties, serving a total of six families.

To carry out this mission, NEMCSA identified dedicated staff members who share the belief that "failure is not an option" in the realm of case management. These staff members were paired with program participants to serve as Mentors. Once these Mentor-participant pairs were established, they worked together to set goals, establish a baseline, and provide guidance and referrals tailored to address the specific barriers hindering participants from overcoming poverty.

What set this approach apart was its focus on combatting poverty itself rather than solely addressing its symptoms among those experiencing it. As of December 2023, all six of the initial families enrolled in the program have reported significant improvements in their financial well-being. Some of the notable successes achieved by these families include developing stable housing, gaining employment and advancing in their careers, obtaining social security benefits, learning effective budgeting skills and saving money, consistently attending scheduled appointments, developing strong interpersonal relationships and setting healthy boundaries, earning GED credentials, maintaining organized households, and actively participating in community volunteer activities.

Eligibility: Current NEMCSA Program Participants. 

BOSS into the Future: We are excited to announce that we are starting a partnership with our NEMCSA Early Head Start Program and expanding into several counties. 

Questions? Please contact: Community Resource Coordinator 989-358-4712 

This project was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRF4951 awarded to The State of Michigan by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.