A non-profit that gives college students an opportunity to help low-income residents has a new name, and its Evanston branch has a new location.
National Student Partnerships now is called LIFT. The name change helps better convey the organization’s mission of supporting upward movement for clients and the “heavy lifting” that volunteers and clients experience, said Alicia Ash, one of LIFT-Evanston’s site coordinators.
To improve accessibility for clients, LIFT moved to a larger facility in the Faith Temple building at 1932 Dewey Ave. a few months ago from its original location at the Evanston One-Stop Center, 1615 Oak Ave.
“We’re right in their backyard,” Ash said of the center’s clients. “There’s no eligibility requirements, so we can help anyone. In a tough time it’s important that our clients know they’re not alone and we can help with whatever it is.”
The students can assist clients with a variety of needs, from completing job applications online to looking for affordable housing and health care to tax preparation.