CLIMB Wyoming (Cheyenne, WY)


  • Name:Ray Fleming Dinneen
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CLIMB Wyoming
  • Address:1001 West 31st Street
    Cheyenne, WY 82001
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:307-778-4126
  • Main fax:307-778-1867

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  • Mission:
  • “Completing CLIMB has given me my independence. I had lost everything, including my self-respect. Now I am on the way to having the life with my kids that I have longed for. I wake up feeling hopeful of achieving my goals and reaching for my dreams!” - CLIMB Wyoming participant

    CLIMB Wyoming is a nonprofit organization that trains and places low income single mothers in careers that successfully support their families. The foremost goal of every CLIMB Wyoming program is to ensure that low-income single mothers receive the training, skills, and support necessary to reach economic self-sufficiency and to succeed long-term in all aspects of their lives. The program objectives are that graduates are trained and placed in high quality jobs, increase their incomes to livable wages, reduce dependence on government benefits, and learn the skills needed for successful relationships at home and at work.

  • Overview:
  • There is an acute and widespread need in Wyoming for programs that help low-income single mothers and their children transition out of poverty. Nearly half of Wyoming families living in poverty are headed by single mothers (U.S. Census Bureau). Over the past four decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children in single-mother families in the United States, a major factor driving the increase in child poverty (PRB 2010). Seven in 10 children living with a single mother are poor or low income, compared with less than a third of children living in other types of families (PRB 2010).

    Within this population, there is a high degree of substance abuse, mental health disorders, family violence, child behavior problems, use of foster care, and legal challenges. These factors make this population one of the most at-risk and difficult to reach. Without successful avenues to self sufficiency, this population can have a significant impact on community and public resources, and the future opportunities for the children in this population decreases.

    CLIMB Wyoming is requesting Lawrence Foundation support to train and place single mothers in careers that create a pathway out of poverty for herself and her children. The CLIMB Wyoming Program Model will serve approximately 180 participants and 360 children at six sites throughout the state with the following phases:

    Program Research and Planning: During program research and planning, CLIMB staff identify career opportunities in growing fields, then survey businesses and industry groups within these growing fields. Based on the businesses’ input, staff engage a community college or private training entity to develop a curriculum that trains for the occupation’s required knowledge, skills and abilities. This research and planning phase ensures that staff will be able to place participants in long-term job opportunities during job placement.

    Participant Recruitment: CLIMB’s unique participant recruitment approach is vital to connecting well-matched, qualified and ready-to-work individuals to high-quality jobs during job placement. During this phase, CLIMB program staff members work hard to locate low-income single mothers who are most in need. These mothers often feel they cannot successfully complete the program due to the personal challenges in their lives. Program staff members assist and coach candidates to overcome obstacles such as low self-esteem, childcare, transportation and housing so that they can participate. Each CLIMB program serves a group of ten to eleven low-income single mothers who complete the program as a group. Over the course of the program, this group evolves into a strong peer support network which lasts well beyond the end of the program.

    Comprehensive Training: CLIMB’s participants are strong women who can meet Wyoming’s critical workforce needs. Comprehensive training develops the participants’ strengths and builds upon them through extensive training in high-demand, high-growth occupations that lead to self-sufficient wages. During this phase, CLIMB participants are guided through job training and also receive services that allow them to begin to address personal barriers to success. The comprehensive training phase includes industry specific training, work readiness training, life skills training, parenting skills training, mental health services (including both group and individual counseling) and advocacy services.

    Job Placement: During this phase, staff members place participants into positions where they will be able to take what they learned during the comprehensive training phase and transition it to their employment. Staff members work closely with local businesses to commit to the program and hire participants for long-term placement leading to self-sufficiency. Employers who have committed to a long-term placement are reimbursed for the initial six to eight weeks to support on the job training. Staff members work closely with each employer to ensure a successful interview process and long-term job placement for all participants.

    Ongoing Support: Due to the comprehensive nature and intensity of the CLIMB program during the first four phases, CLIMB prepares the participants to maintain the success they have gained. To continue to support the participants, CLIMB staff members meet with graduates after they finish the program to support success in the workplace and family stability.

  • History:
  • CLIMB Wyoming’s research-based model was developed in Cheyenne in 1986 for young, single mothers ages 16-21 under the name of the Fleming Young Parent Program. Recognizing this successful paradigm and the need to reach more single mothers, Wyoming community partners collaborated to aggressively expand the Young Parent Program model to serve low-income single mothers of all ages across the state. CLIMB Wyoming currently operates six program sites across Wyoming including Cheyenne, Laramie, Gillette, Casper, Rock Springs and Teton. In 2012 CLIMB Wyoming was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of the top 10 innovative and high performing organizations in the nation helping move low income families out of poverty.

    CLIMB Wyoming is improving the economic conditions of single-mothers and children who live at 185% of poverty and below. The average participant age is 28 and the average monthly wage income for employed participants at the start of the program is $1,031 per month. CLIMB Wyoming has a gender specific focus, since such a high percentage of low-income children are economically dependent on single mothers. CLIMB Wyoming does not discriminate on race or ethnicity and serves a diverse constituency.

    CLIMB Wyoming focuses on addressing the primary needs of the single-mother and understands that successfully moving our target population out of poverty takes much more than job training. CLIMB Wyoming incorporates not only the components necessary to help low-income single mothers move toward self-sufficiency, financial independence and family stability through job training and placement, but also services that extend well beyond these job-related components. Our innovative and unique mental-health based program includes group and individual counseling, life skills and parenting skills training, financial education and peer group support. In offering comprehensive services, we better prepare our participants for long-term success in the workplace, their communities and their families. This combination of services allows single mothers we serve to overcome their personal barriers to success and make permanent life changes for themselves and their children.

    CLIMB Wyoming participants also learn life skills that include parenting, health and nutrition, stress management and budgeting to improve their capacity for successful parenting and increase their ability to set a positive example for their children. Armed with new coping and communication skills, as well as a steady source of income and health care benefits, program graduates can provide healthier, more stable environments for their children. Systemic change requires not only high quality training and a good job opportunity, but also a nurturing learning environment that fosters trust and treats women as respected individuals. This knowledge has helped formulate CLIMB’s Philosophy that meaningful relationships drive positive change. These relationships and a safe climate allow women to explore personal barriers and behavior patterns that may have prevented them from achieving their goals, and allow them to take the steps needed to create lasting change in their lives.

    In early 2013, the Department of Labor disallowed the training of Certified Nursing Assistants under the H1-B grant that was awarded as a four-year grant to CLIMB Wyoming in May 2012. Due to the decision by the Department of Labor, 90% of the services that CLIMB Wyoming anticipated providing in the originally approved statement of work for the H1-B grant were disallowed. In order to access this funding, CLIMB Wyoming would need to restructure the organization in a way that would have significantly impacted the delivery of our program to our clients. The CLIMB Wyoming Board of Directors and Leadership Staff determined that chasing these funds would compromise the integrity of our mission. As a result, CLIMB Wyoming anticipates Fiscal Year 2014 government funding to decrease approximately 33% from Fiscal Year 2013. In order to continue providing direct services to low-income single mothers and their families as described above, CLIMB Wyoming is accelerating our private fundraising efforts during Fiscal Year 2014 and beyond. The Lawrence Foundation support would help us improve our resilience as our funding model becomes sustainable for the long term.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:31


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:20-1523033

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:201523033
  • Organization Name:CLIMB
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:1001 W 31ST ST
  • Organization City:CHEYENNE
  • Organization State:WY
  • Organization Zip:82001-2442
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:P42
  • Asset Amount:$3,482,811
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$5,165,258
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,140,941
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:17:52 pm

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