The average annual income per person in historic Commerce City is only $14,125 – less than half of the state’s average of $30,816. About 11.9% of historic Commerce City households currently live on less that $10,000/year, almost double the rates of Colorado at 6.3%, Adams county at 5.4% and Commerce City as a whole at 6.0%
The risk of unemployment is 1.5 times higher in historic Commerce City (13.3%) compared to the state (7.6%) and is consistently noted by residents to be the most pressing need in the area. About 66.1% of the people surveyed noted they were without employment.
Community Uplift Partnership takes a unique approach to breaking the cycles of poverty. CUP uplifts people through community development, spiritual growth and lifestyle examples to model healthy relationships while also providing education to foster independence, self-respect, confidence and achievement of one’s full potential. We believe that when people are living to their full potential and not hindered by poverty, then a quality life and community is achieved.
SUCCEEDING THE CUP WAY
We work with a population that is often misunderstood, misrepresented, mistrusted and feared. We build relationships that value people living in poverty, intentionally respect everyone and intentionally teach to these values and expect them to permeate through all levels of our organization. These values are what sets CUP apart and stimulates our success.
We demonstrate LOVE. Love is patient, kind, and not proud, boastful or rude.
In a population that is often mistrusted, we demonstrate TRUST and aspire to be trustworthy.
We take a posture to SERVE and not be served.
We seek out moments to TEACH while remaining teachable ourselves.
We have FUN. It's the best way to enjoy life!!
Develop skills to identify and overcome barriers.
Increase financial independence through education.
POSITIVE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
Demonstrate decisions and behaviors that result in positive community contributions.
MAINTAINING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
Understand responsibility in maintaining healthy relationships.