DIGITAL PROGRESS REPORT:
35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

LIGHTING THE WAY
FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

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35 YEARS OF SHINING BRIGHT

$117 million 

saved by the State of Wyoming over the past 35 years from decreased dependence on public assistance programs among graduates¹

10,000

families and

20,000

kids impacted

44 million

hours of work contributed to Wyoming’s economy by Climb graduates

250 

different training programs in industries that meet Wyoming’s workforce needs

Laramie & Platte

CHEYENNE

COUNTIES SERVED:

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

SWEETWATER area

COUNTIES SERVED:

94% of Sweetwater Area participants complete the program.

Teton, Lincoln & Sublette

Teton area

COUNTIES SERVED:

91% of Teton Area graduates using food stamps before Climb show a decrease in dependence 2 years later.

Campbell, Crook, Sheridan & Weston

GILLETTE

COUNTIES SERVED:

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

COUNTIES SERVED:

Casper graduates triple their access to private health insurance after the program.

Albany, Carbon & Goshen

LARAMIE

COUNTIES SERVED:

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.

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63% of Wyoming children living below the federal poverty threshold are being raised by single parents.2

Graduate Stories

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HEATHER'S STORY

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.

ROXANNE'S STORY

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:

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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

GILLETTE

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

LARAMIE

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

CHEYENNE

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

SWEETWATER AREA

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

Teton area

Teton area

TETON AREA

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

CASPER

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.

Featured Donors

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

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2020 Wyoming Kids Count Report

Wyoming Tribune Eagle, September 2016.

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*All remaining data is self-reported by participants.