"We're not in the business to get rid of poverty," she says. "We're in the business to help people take charge of their lives."
Conway, 73, and others established those programs that have helped people gain skills in such trades as auto mechanics, carpentry and sewing. Perhaps more important, the center branched out. It now serves 400 families, or around 2,000 people annually, providing education, health care, meal programs, micro-lending and support for home construction.
The center has helped thousands of families leave poverty behind forever.
And much of the support comes from the Milwaukee area.