October 2, 2018  |  Austin In the News

Austin Statesman Covers FII Launch: Project aims to give financial boost to 1,000 low-income Central Texans

by Nancy Flores

October 2, 2018

“Project aims to give financial boost to 1,000 low-income Central Texans”

Excerpt:

Just as the Move Baby, Move exercise program was gaining recognition in Louisiana and Texas, New Orleans resident and fitness specialist Aaron Palmer was shaken after his co-founder Meranda Varnado died.

Together, they had teamed up to create a music-based chair aerobics program for older adults. But in 2012, after Varnado’s death, Palmer said he was “in bad shape for a long time.”

About two years ago, Palmer decided to check out the Family Independence Initiative project, which is aimed at lifting low-income families by giving them direct access to funds. The anti-poverty project, he said, helped him refocus, plan and keep moving forward to fulfill his goals.

On Tuesday, the St. David’s Foundation, Google.org, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a $1.3 million grant that will bring the initiative’s anti-poverty project to Austin. Over the next five years, the initiative plans to work with community-based organizations and other partners to reach 1,000 low-income Central Texas families.

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