The Crittenton agency currently known as Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) got its start back in 1896 as the Florence Crittenton League of Compassion, Inc. Throughout its history it has undergone multiple mergers, including one in 1908, 1926, and 1949. Most recently in 2006, the Crittenton agency in Boston merged with the Women’s Union to become the Crittenton Women’s Union. As of 2016, it announced its future as EMPath.
Today, EMPath transforms people’s lives by helping them move out of poverty and provides other institutions with the tools to systematically do the same. With a wide variety of programs and services, and a breakthrough brain-science based mentoring approach, EMPath continues to lead as an innovator in helping low-income women and their families become economically self-sufficient.
Career Family Opportunity, Mass LEAP, and Abbot MRVP are all long term programs offered at EMPath. While each program has a duration of five years, each one has different goals and objectives. EMPath also offers a variety of short term programs which include: Hastings House, STEPS, Hosmer Co-Sheltering, and Stabilization–which helps families transition out of shelter and into housing subsidized by MRVP and BHA/LHA.
Along with short-term and long-term shelter programs, EMPath also provides a variety of mobility mentoring programs, including the Intergenerational Mobility Project, Whittier Street Project, and Mobility Mentoring Center. EMPath is also proud to offer the Economic Mobility Exchange program–an international membership-based network of organizations learning about the Mobility Mentoring® Model together. Members share technical data and information with one another and receive benefits dependent on their level of membership.
Along with its robust programming, EMPath also conducts research into the economic, political, and social barriers that disadvantaged women face while trying to gain economic security. The organization’s research and evaluation department also evaluates their own programs by measuring performance and outcomes. EMPath also advocates for policy initiatives to support low-income families in Massachusetts trying to navigate the multi-faceted, multi-year challenge of moving out of poverty. Advocacy staff lead this effort, in partnership with the families in their programs and coalition partners.
Elisabeth Babcock MCRP, PhD (Beth) is the President and CEO of EMPath. Beth’s role as CEO is to lead EMPath in its strategy to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty. She has taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level for more than two decades at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has received numerous awards including the 2013 World of Difference Award by the International Alliance for Women for her work on women’s empowerment. Her article, “Re-thinking Poverty” was named one of the top articles of 2014 by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.