About Us


To provide employment without barriers, transferable job readiness training, financial literacy and life skills along the support of the necessary resources to serve the unemployed, under employed, veterans reintegrating with society, intellectually disabled adults and citizens reentering the community after incarceration.


Upper Rung Center envisions a community in which all people, from youth to seniors, have the tools to have access economic opportunities. By removing the barrier to employment, Upper Rung Center will promote greater social and economic justice to enhance the quality of quality of life of each member of our community.


Upper Rung Center is committed to addressing economic injustice and income equality by transforming lives through education and leadership training.

Creating A Foodpreneur Community

Intellectually Disabled Adults

20% of New Jersey residents are intellectually disabled adults. They are unemployed and underemployed.

Food Producers

Food producers who are experiencing difficulty getting their businesses off the ground due to the high risk of monthly rent of industrial kitchen space, coupled with the cottage food laws prohibiting the sale of food from home kitchens.


Three million veterans have returned from military service over the past ten years, and another million are expected to return to civilian life over the next five years.  Many of these returning service members will be re-joining the civilian workforce and are in need of transitional support.


The City of Trenton has a very high recidivism rate because returning offenders are faced with limited employment opportunities, no driving privileges, restricted access to affordable housing, and the social stigma of being an “ex-con”.

Do you want to learn how…

Upper Rung benefits individuals?

...or maybe how Upper Rung benefits communities?

Who we are?

Our programs and partnerships help micro-entrepreneurs succeed economically.
Upper Rung Center is making a positive change in the lives of the community we serve by:

  • Helping individuals/families create economic opportunities in minority communities with limited resources
  • By proving instruction
  • Bilingual/bi-cultural business training
  • Business incubation
  • Professional consulting & coaching
Fashion/Food Incubator & Packaging Facility
Job Readiness Training Center
Business Co-Working Space
Teaching Garden & Cafe