CLIMB Community Development Corporation (CLIMB CDC) is a nonprofit Mississippi charity whose mission is to promote strong communities by providing individuals access to opportunities that inspire self-reliance. CLIMB CDC implements its mission by delivering solutions for workforce training,affordable housing, and disaster
Serving over 12,500 low to moderate income clients, CLIMB CDC created over $145 million in total economic impact.
WORKFORCE TRAINING INSTITUTE
The Workforce Training Institute has trained or is training over 250 at risk and
disadvantaged youth to enable them to become employed, earn a living wage, and follow a
career path. In addition to our nationally-recognized YouthBuild program, we launched Cafe
CLIMB, a social enterprise that includes culinary training, a cafe, catering, and contract food
services. The cafe is located in the first phase of a renovated facility that will house the entire
Workforce Training Institute and related human services programs when the full renovation
Moving forward, the Institute will offer new career and training services at the Workforce Training Institute to include
Climb Tech Computer Installation, and Climb Commercial Driving. In addition, we will extend the reach of Cafe Climb's social enterprise by adding new geographical locations across the Gulf region. We are also exploring the
addition of a charter school to serve students who have dropped out of school by providing educational and job skills training.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS
$43.7 million were generated through home rebuilds/rehabs and volunteer labor.
In affordable housing, we constructed or rehabbed over 750 homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, we enabled over 900 residents
to purchase a home or Mississippi Cottage, and we prevented over 100 residents from losing their homes due to foreclosure (Homebuyer Education and Foreclosure Counseling.) These activities created over $100 million in community and economic impact as well as increased revenue for local and state governments.
CLIMB CDC (www.climbcdc.org) is a Mississippi non-profit community development agency that provides workforce training, housing and financial counseling, housing development, and disaster recovery services in the Gulf South Region.
Alliances with AmeriCorp, Youth Build, the EPA, The Nature Conservatory, and The Corps Network have enabled CLIMB CDC to generate over $145 million in community and economic benefits. Through strategic partnerships with both local and regional organizations and donors, CLIMB CDC builds sustainable, community-based programs for low- and moderate-income residents.
CLIMB CDC's Workforce Training Institute (WTI) enables low income individuals to receive on-the-job training, job placement, life skills, and access to college. Since inception, WTI has empowered more than 450 individuals to earn a livable wage on a career path leading to economic and personal self-sufficiency.
The agency is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is governed by a board of local community and business leaders.