35 YEARS OF SHINING BRIGHT
saved by the State of Wyoming over the past 35 years from decreased dependence on public assistance programs among graduates¹
hours of work contributed to Wyoming’s economy by Climb graduates
different training programs in industries that meet Wyoming’s workforce needs
Laramie & Platte
The Cheyenne site was the first established in the state, back in 1986. Since then, the program has served more than 950 single moms and 1,500 children.
Sweetwater & Uinta
94% of Sweetwater Area participants complete the program.
Teton, Lincoln & Sublette
91% of Teton Area graduates using food stamps before Climb show a decrease in dependence 2 years later.
Campbell, Crook, Sheridan & Weston
80% of Gillette’s graduates are employed 2 years after the program, with many working in non-traditional industries like truck driving.
Natrona, Converse, Fremont, & Niobrara
Casper graduates triple their access to private health insurance after the program.
Albany, Carbon & Goshen
Average monthly wages for Laramie graduates double two years after the program.
Welcome Message from
Climb Wyoming’s New CEO
Katie Hogarty, Climb Wyoming’s new Chief Executive Officer, has a special message for you! Hear how Climb’s mission gives Katie so much hope for the future, and why YOU MATTER to single moms overcoming poverty to shine a lasting and positive light on their children, our communities, and the entire state of Wyoming.
Living in Poverty: The Brain Science of Toxic Stress
Single mothers and their children experience the highest rates of poverty among families in Wyoming. The women we serve are living in crisis: unemployed or working low-wage jobs that don’t provide financial stability, dealing with stress that is toxic for the brain, and struggling to cover basic needs like food and housing.
63% of Wyoming children living below the federal poverty threshold are being raised by single parents.2
Heather shares how she started over after struggling with addiction and incarceration and turned her Commercial Driving training into a successful career in the construction industry.
With no one to rely on and little hope for the future, Roxanne turned her life around to find confidence, stronger relationships, and a job she loves.
Life-Changing Program Outcomes
Climb has received national attention for the dramatic increase in wages that participants experience, including recognition from former United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon as “one of the best programs in the country” for moving families to self-sufficiency. 3
2 years after Climb:
Graduates experience a 127% increase in wages.
81% of graduates using food stamps before Climb have decreased their dependence.
Graduate access to private health insurance triples.
Working With Employers to Meet
Wyoming’s Workforce Needs
Recent Climb Wyoming Employer Partners
Campbell County Health - Legacy • Campbell County Senior Center • DRM, Inc. • Gillette Reproductive Health • Healing Hearts Home Health HUB International • MGM Enterprises, Inc.
Overhead Door Company of Gillette
Primrose Retirement Community - Gillette
TCRI Energy Services • Titan Solutions
I80 Towing • Alpine Animal Hospital
Basic Beginnings • Coffey Engineering & Surveying Cook and Associates, P.C. • Cowboy Moving and Storage • CPA Group of Laramie • Greener Paths, Inc. • Head Start of Laramie • Ivinson Memorial Hospital • Laramie Vision Clinic • McPherson Dental NADA Pathways Counseling • Premier Bone and Joint Centers - Laramie • Quality IV Care
Rostad Law LLC • Spring Wind Assisted Living Stitches Acute Care • Tungsten Parts
Wyoming Wyoming Analytical Laboratories - Laramie • Wyoming Women’s Business Center
4 Quarters Excavation & Development, Inc. • Aspen Wind Assisted Living • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center • Cheyenne VA Medical Center • Davis Dental • Dobbs Trucking • Downtown Development Authority • Gill Window Company • Granite Rehabilitation and Wellness • Knife River - Cheyenne • Laramie County School District #1 - Transportation • Lincare-Cheyenne • Lowes Distribution Center • Magpul • May Trucking Minuteman Press • Morandin Concrete • Prime Inc. - Denver • Redi Services RDI - Rifle • Sierra Trading Post • Tom May Farms • UPS - Cheyenne
Able Hands • Best Home Health • Cowboy Cares Deer Trail Assisted Living • FedEx Freight
Huxford Chiropractic • Legend Oilfield Services Lewis & Lewis, Inc. • Mission at Castle Rock
PMG Vegetation • R&D Sweeping
Sage View Care Center • Stout Services
Sweetwater County - Road & Bridge
Charlie’s Plumbing • First Interstate Bank - Jackson Jackson Hole Land Trust • Legacy Homes
Moss Immigration • One22 • Option One Plumbing
Sage Living Center • Sanderson Law Office
St. John’s Medical Center • St. John’s Urgent Care
Star Valley Medical Center • Sublette Center
Summit Insurance Services, Inc. • Teton County
Teton County WIC • The Turning Point
Twigs Garden Center • Vertical Harvest
Wells Fargo - Thayne
“The University of Wyoming has hired over 50 Climb moms during our time working together, and the positive ripple effects they each have had, and continue to have, on our campus is very powerful. Partnering with Climb brings purposeful, hard-working and ambitious employees to our team, connects their families to UW's resources and opportunities, and strengthens our relationships across the Laramie community and beyond.”
— Deborah M. Marutzky
Interim AVP of Human Resources
University of Wyoming
“By providing opportunities for meaningful employment for Climb graduates, we are positively impacting individuals, their families, and the community we serve.”
— Andrew Hendrickson
Human Resources Director
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
and the Cheyenne Regional Health System
“A lot of people are leaving healthcare, and it’s really hard to find employees right now. Having the Climb program and the women who want to make it a career is extremely valuable for this community.”
— Allison Perry
Assistant Director of Nursing at the Legacy
Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette
71 Construction • All About Family • Casper Cardiology Casper Medical Imaging • Casper Mountain Rehabilitation and Care Center • Central Wyoming Skin Clinic • Community Health Center of Central Wyoming • (Edgewood) Meadow Winds Assisted Living • Gastroenterology Associates • Optimal Physical Therapy • Outpatient Radiology • Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Community • Sterling Surgical Center • Wyoming Behavioral Institute • Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies • Wyoming Health Fairs Wyoming Medical Center
Since 1986, more than 3,000 Wyoming employers have helped families
make long-term life changes while seeing firsthand how a new career impacts single mothers and their children.
Retirement $1.6 million
Wages Heather will earn
between Climb graduation and an
estimated retirement at age 65
YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Passing the Light
Since her Commercial Driving training in 2015,
Heather has hired 6 other Climb graduates
to work as truck drivers at 4 Quarters Excavation.
Together, these 6 moms will earn an estimated
$8.5 million in wages before retirement, with a combined lifetime ROI of 541:1.
your return on investment
Six years ago, Climb invested $18,600 to train Heather. She has since had 4 promotions and earned $239,983 in additional wages (a 6-year ROI of 13:1). When she reaches retirement at age 65, Heather will have earned $1,600,000 in wages made possible through your investment in Wyoming families.
Thanks to You, the Future is Bright
In our 35th year, you are helping families shine on. Your gifts help Climb leverage additional funding so that every dollar is more than doubled to help Wyoming families overcome poverty.
Susan and Doug Samuelson
“When I was teaching, it seemed like single mothers had such an uphill battle to earn a living wage and also be there for their kids like they wanted to. We love supporting a program that builds up women with the skills to do both, because once kids see their mothers succeed, it opens up a whole world of opportunities.”
— Susan Samuelson
¹ Wyoming Department of Family Services, Wyoming Department of Health-Medicaid, Wyoming LIHEAP FY2017 State Profile, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
2020 Wyoming Kids Count Report
Wyoming Tribune Eagle, September 2016.
*All remaining data is self-reported by participants.