The network is you.
The first families to benefit from Networked Saving were refugees resettled by World Relief on the near west side of Aurora, Illinois. We’ve since expanded our mission to help not only refugees, but the working-class poor of any race, ethnicity, religion or creed. Our work currently centers in, but is not limited to, the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area on Aurora’s near east side.
We focus on homeownership because it’s one of two factors statistically proven to break the cycle of working-class poverty. And the second factor, education, always increases with homeownership.
“Emmanuel” is a name that means “God with us.” It’s also a term, recognizable in almost any language, that evokes hope and rescue and light in times of darkness. In the book of Isaiah, “Emmanuel” is a promise. But it’s also a calling – to participate in God’s work, to dwell with him as he dwells with us. We believe our calling is to be “repairers of broken walls and restorers of streets with dwellings” (Isaiah 58:12).
A family that owns its own home is:
25% more likely to graduate students from high school
116% more likely to graduate students from college
12 times wealthier than a renting family after 10 years
Homeowners are also four times less likely to relocate. They know their neighbors. They’re involved in local schools. If you own, your neighborhood is more safe and your community more stable.