Elena had two small children and a husband in prison. Lakeisha had three kids and was struggling to keep her family together. And Michael shared custody of his three young kids with his ex-wife and was living with his parents. Ultimately, all three were lifted out of poverty, not by a government welfare program but by an anti-poverty experiment started by a group of local community activists and business leaders in Milwaukee, Wis. Called New Hope, the program had the goal of boosting employment among the working poor and improving poor children's lives. And, as a new book co-authored by UCLA anthropology professor Thomas Weisner argues, it worked. Indeed, the book suggests the program can be a model for national anti-poverty policies.