The Butterfly Program is a nonprofit 501c3 that started in 2009 in Camden, NJ that has developed a unique approach to influence/mentor men, women and juveniles who suffer from poverty and hardship, our job is to help them to transition back into the community effectively. When it comes to poverty in New Jersey Camden was the highest in , where nearly 65 percent of the total population lived in households with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.(Philly, 2013) . Roughly 30 to 40 percent of Camden’s citizens are out of work. The Butterfly Program objective is to influence individuals to change their way of life style and negative thinking. However, we will ensure a positive impact not only in the individuals, but the community. The assessment will determine their needs as the following: Shelter, food, identification, education, job development, transportation, health, spiritual, anger management, substance abuse, mental & physical abusive, and family. Our services focus on giving someone a greater sense of confidence and self –esteem through community projects. TBP, team utilizes resources to branch out to other services to meet the needs of our community and those who need a second chance or help. Training is also provided by The Butterfly Program, which covers techniques of how to: encourage individual to be active participants in discussions, maintain a positive attitude, deal with difficult individuals, turn the lessons into enjoyable experiences, manage youth with little or no reading ability, and be an enthusiastic instructor. The Butterfly Program mission is to cultivate, develop, empowers and nurtures those who want a better life in society. Also, we have open up a Specialized Supportive Housing for homeless women in Camden, NJ to help them get back on their feet or become successful. The Butterfly Program Specialized Supportive Housing Goal is to house and train motivated women to make a transition to become self-sufficient. The program is six months long and its goal is to not only provide housing but, provide a cluster of projects and workshops that would assist our clients into a positive transformation.
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See more at: http://articles.philly.com/2013-09-09/news/41876124_1_child-poverty-rates-poverty-research-institute-poverty-benchmarks#sthash.BNv4t4pB.dpuf