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Partnering to Change Lives

Founded in Milwaukee, WI, in 1997, Center for Self-Sufficiency (CFSS) is a nonprofit organization that strengthens families to reduce poverty by providing programs such as teen pregnancy prevention, parenting classes, healthy relationship and marriage education, and workforce development.

We serve low-income residents who primarily live in Milwaukee, many of whom are middle- and high-school youth, single mothers, fathers who do not live with their children, and offenders returning to their communities after a period of incarceration.

The CFSS “Vow to Succeed” program is designed to strengthen marriages. LEARN MORE >

The CFSS works with the
community to provide education
to youth. LEARN MORE >

CFSS specializes in providing capacity building, technical assistance and evaluation services to nonprofits. LEARN MORE >




Vow To Succeed and One Choce One Voice Program Vow To Succeed
Vow To Succeed
CFSS 2011–2012 Community Report


CFSS receives new federal funding to assist juvenile offenders READ MORE >

CFSS Program Staff move to new downtown location READ MORE >

Interested in volunteering for CFSS? READ MORE >

CFSS receives new federal funding to assist former female offenders READ MORE >

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We are grateful for funding support provided by:

  • The City of Milwaukee Community Development Block Grant
  • Community Advocates
  • Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee County
  • Potawatomi Bingo Casino
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • YWCA Southeast Wisconsin 
  • Private Support