For over 25 years, our executive director, Bob Farah, ran a large food pantry in New England, helping to feed the hungry, to "give them a fish", as the proverb says. The clients depended upon the food pantry and he enjoyed serving them. Some of them wished to be financially independent, however, but didn't know how to do so. Of course, many people have the same wish including the disabled, handicapped, elderly, impoverished, homeless, jobless, etc. etc. Our director recently retired. He and his wife Barbara relocated to Oklahoma. They can now devote much of their time to operating the Independence Program, one exciting way to "teach a man to fish".
The goal of the Independence Program is to help students develop their own business ideas and, upon completion of the program, they will have developed a full business plan for their own businesses. This plan will be usable for both the daily operations of the business and for raising funds to run the business via either loans or investors.