Local non-profit agency may change business approach

Local non-profit agency may change business approach

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 10:52 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Jobless,  under employed and desperate for a chance.

For more than a decade, non-profit agency Jacob's Ladder, has helped Charlotte's jobless find work.  But NewsChannel 36 has learned the agency may be changing how it does business.

Last month the organization made a plea to the community, asking for donations to keep the operation running.  According to Jacob's Ladder Executive Director, the community responded overwhelmingly, donating close to $200,000.

But NewsChannel 36 has learned members of Jacob's Ladder Board would like to merge with the Urban League. 

Board members we talked to, who asked not to be identified, said the goal of a merger is keep Jacobs Ladder viable in a weak economy, where donations are down and non- profits are struggling.

"I'm not at liberty to say," said Jacob's Ladder Executive Director Holly Cummings when we asked if a merger is in the works.

"Our goal is to continue to help those in need, like we do today," said Jacob's Ladder Board Chairman Jeff Jones.

Jones confirmed the organization is talking to other agencies to see how it can continue to operate more effectively.

Those opposed to a merger or partnership with the Urban League or any organization say they worry the integrity of Jacob's Ladder will be compromised if it falls under the arm of a larger organization.   

Currently, Jacob's Ladder serves those committed  to take its four-week job readiness class, despite criminal records, substance abuse problems, or other hardships.
 

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