What We’re Doing

Help Us Impact Poverty

You can have an impact breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Imagine being just a paycheck away from becoming homeless with no support to help in a time of crisis. The loss of employment, an unexpected medical bill, or an auto repair leaves you without enough money to pay your bills. As a result, your home and family security are at risk. As adults struggle, their children struggle. Children growing up in the culture of poverty face many challenges. Frequently, they don’t get enough […]

A bit of cash can keep someone off the streets for 2 years or more

If someone is about to become homeless, giving them a single cash infusion, averaging about $1000, may be enough to keep them off the streets for at least 2 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that programs that proactively assist those in need don’t just help the victims—they may benefit society as a whole. “I think this is a really important study, and it’s really well done,” says Beth Shinn, a community psychologist at Vanderbilt University […]

Our Mission

Upward Transitions serves those who are homeless and impoverished by providing case management and stabilizing resources to meet basic social needs. The ultimate goal is to assist individuals and families to reach their potential with the ability to support themselves and contribute back to their community.

Upward Transitions is committed to community development and advocacy for those who are poor and homeless.

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Who We Help

Every staff member at Upward Transitions, read the short letter, saw the check and smiled.  A donation and a simple, handwritten note expressing gratitude are enough to make any nonprofit employee’s day.  But this donation and this note were different.  They represented the final step in a journey that began nearly five years ago.

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There is a warmth to Glenda that seems to relax the very air around her.  She speaks in a slow, deliberate and thoughtful cadence.  But behind the kindness in her eyes is a fatigue, a tiredness that comes with being a single mother of four.

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I walked out of Upward Transitions feeling hopeful, blessed and, yes, loved. I’m beyond thankful to have met with them and to be assisted by Upward Transitions.

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When Alysha was struggling, she turned to Upward Transitions for help.

Thank goodness for Upward Transitions – I don’t know what I would have done without their help!

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