Able Works, formerly Northern California Urban Development, began in 2005 after a rainy car-ride discussion between our two co-founders, John Liotti and Marc Prioleau. John and Marc were interested in exploring how they could help the community of East Palo Alto break the chains of oppression and generational poverty without duplicating efforts of other non-profit organizations. They wanted to fight alongside the community and challenge the inequalities they saw in the education, banking, housing and employment sectors. They surmised that Able Works would be different from other non-profits; that it would be less about programs and handouts, and more about developing assets, leaders and knowledge. It would be a more difficult path, take a larger financial investment and possibly more time, but the results would be longer lasting and the community would have a hand in it.