UPO Unites People with Opportunities
We help you reach your full potential.
We give you the tools to lift yourself up.
We keep helping you, just like you’d maintain a home.
You become part of the UPO Family for life
See which programs are perfect for you!
You can rise into the middle class, no matter where you start.
- If you don’t have your GED Diploma, you can earn it in a class for English speakers or for ESL (English as a Second Language). Our student support services help you overcome obstacles and succeed!
- Start your own Cleaning and Sanitation business through our training program. First, you earn a national certification in the Environmental Maintenance industry. Second, UPO will give you start-up support to buy equipment and supplies and will partner with the Small Business Association (SBA) to help you get a small business loan.
- Raise your IT skills to the next level with Security+ or Network+ courses. You’ll graduate with a national certification.
- If you’re certified with a Food Handlers License, you can become an apprentice through a partnership for Hospitality and Culinary Arts Industry Workers. UPO gives you a stipend during 6 months of on-the-job training. The goal is that after the training, you get hired for a full-time job.
- High school seniors can attend Career Exploration in the Construction Trades to discover alternatives to college.
BACK RENT + HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
Are you or your family on the edge of homelessness, or are you without a home now? We have your back.
Our targeted supports can help reduce how long you experience homelessness. You will receive further help as needed, such as job training, rental assistance, mental health counseling, and connections to other resources.
UPO provides Care Packages and food to individuals or families who are required to quarantine for 2 weeks as a result of contact tracing. During this period, UPO case managers will identify your needs and coordinate assistance.
PPE, FOOD, AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: DISTRIBUTING THE ESSENTIALS
UPO’s nonprofit partners are aiding front-line staff (essential workers) who are directly involved in helping people during and after the pandemic. UPO chose these nonprofits so they can continue serving residents across the District.
MOBILE GROCERY & HOUSEHOLD FOOD DISTRIBUTION
UPO coordinates weekly grocery and household food distribution for the people who need it most. We place special emphasis on Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Your life has been disrupted because of COVID. If you’re having trouble, we’re here to help.
Reach out to us for an appointment with a licensed mental health provider.
Don’t suffer alone.
(UPO offers this program in coordination with the DC Dept. of Behavioral Health.)
YOUTH SERVICES DISTANCE LEARNING
This online program for elementary school students uses the E.P.I.C. Virtual Book Club. It helps children with academic enrichment opportunities and their social-emotional wellness.
Students meet weekly with program aides. They learn skills and strategies that help them understand and interpret their emotions.
UPO is using a place-based strategy to expand job readiness, case management, and employment services in 3 Community Impact Zones: Brentwood (Ward 5), SW Neighborhood (Ward 6), and Benning Terrace (Ward 7). We see real progress happening, because the forces that drive change are collaborating to achieve a shared vision.
DIGITAL INCLUSTION PROJECT
UPO identifies students who need computers for online learning, then we give them tablets. (UPO also covers the cost of a 1-year subscription to Comcast Essentials internet service for families who qualify.) To prevent isolation, UPO provides tablets and training to senior citizens so they can connect to friends and family.
SUMMER PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
UPO chose community-based organizations so they could run high-quality summer programs. Each curriculum uses best practices to engage youth in academics and/or enrichment.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR UPO’S EARLY HEAD START FAMILIES WHO ARE DISPLACED OR HOMELESS
UPO provides targeted emergency response assistance to families with children enrolled in Early Head Start who are displaced or experiencing homelessness. We assess their needs, provide direct assistance, and connect families to additional partners to give them relief.
UPO FOOD TRUCK
“Our wheels serve meals” to the community. UPO’s professional operation also gives on-the-job experience to recent graduates of Culinary Arts certification programs. They can receive stipends for 3 months of training as they develop their expertise.
“AM I ELIGIBLE?”
All UPO programs are open to individuals and families who live in the District and earn up to 200% of the federal poverty level. For example, if you’re eligible (see the chart), you can join any of our job training programs and the only cost is your sweat — you bring the same commitment as you would to any other program, but here your wallet doesn’t get any lighter.
|# PEOPLE IN YOUR HOME||YOUR TOTAL INCOME IS BELOW|
|(If your home has 9 or more people, add $4,540 for each additional person to show the income limit.)|