The Rise of Wyoming celebrates its 35th anniversary


ROCK SPRINGS – Climb Wyoming, a statewide non-profit organization with a mission to empower low-income single mothers to experience self-sufficiency through job training and placement, celebrates its 35-year impact on vulnerable families in Wyoming.

Founded by psychologist Ray Fleming Dinneen in 1986, Climb began as a summer program for teenage mothers in Cheyenne and has expanded to six locations across Wyoming. The Climb Sweetwater Area Program was established in 2007 and reached 250 mothers and 515 children in the Sweetwater area.

Climb’s program model has been recognized nationally as one of the best programs in the country for lifting families out of poverty, with graduates consistently doubling their monthly income. Over the past 35 years, Climb has saved the state of Wyoming $ 117 million by reducing graduates’ reliance on public aid programs.

Climb graduates have contributed 44 million labor hours to Wyoming’s economy, meeting the unique labor needs of each community. The Sweetwater Area program offers training in short haul truck driving, warehouse technology, office and healthcare careers. The program has trained many moms to work as certified nursing assistants in hospitals and long-term care facilities in the community, including the most recent training that continues to fill critical shortages of healthcare workers, particularly during the pandemic.

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The comprehensive Climb program includes industry specific training, life skills such as workplace communication, problem solving, budgeting, parenting, and mental health services. The staff also work closely with mothers who are not ready for training but need help to gain stability on the path to employment. During the pandemic, the Climb model developed over the past 35 years has adapted to continue serving moms, with elements of training delivered online and staff working to help moms access resources for mothers. help with job loss, childcare and housing issues.

Throughout Climb’s history, employers have played a vital role in the success and financial stability of moms. More than 3,000 employer partners statewide have hired graduates, supporting local families while gaining quality, trained and motivated employees to work. In addition, trainers, community partners, and public and private funders have played a critical role in the organization’s impact on families.

“The graduates of Climb are smart, talented and motivated, and they have responded with courage to the many challenges that the past year has presented to them,” said Brittany Gray, program director of the Sweetwater Zone at Climb. “They strengthen Wyoming’s workforce and our communities by moving their families from survival to prosperity. “

About the rise of Wyoming
Celebrating 35 years of working with single mothers to achieve self-sufficiency, Climb Wyoming is a state-wide nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower low-income single mothers to experience self-sufficiency through vocational training and placement. At Climb, success isn’t just about finding a job, it’s about financial independence for struggling mothers and changing the generational cycle of poverty, one family at a time. For more information, visit


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