Giving a Hand Up

We believe the best way to address poverty is to develop meaningful, trust-based relationships with others so we can work together as partners in the change process. Our goal is to help empower those we serve by encouraging them to be invested and involved in the change process – Giving a Hand Up instead of a Hand Out. Questions? Contact

Enhancing Skills

Many people grow up in generational poverty while others experience economic hardships after a job loss, divorce, or major medical problems. Getting out of these situations is often difficult as there can be many barriers in the way. Our Stepping Forward program hosted at Faith Community will help you gain specific skills, tools, and relational support so you can move out of poverty to a higher level of self-sufficiency.

Providing Support

In addition to job and life skills classes, Stepping Forward also offers a variety of FREE care classes and groups to help provide support, hope and strength to parents and families. Currently we have an ongoing care group for single parents: SingleParenting. We also occasionally offer classes through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide support and tools for family members who have a loved one experiencing or suspected of having a mental health disorder (Note: We do not have a class running now, but watch this website for future dates).

Referrals

Faith Community understands that no one is exempt from experiencing hardships. Troubled times do not discriminate. This may include sudden financial issues, job loss, divorce, loss of loved ones, or just being overwhelmed caring for family members. When sudden life changes occur, our Referrals program can help provide hope and direction to solve these problems.

During our Tuesday night Stepping Forward program, anyone has the opportunity to speak to a Referral Counselor about what is going on in his or her life.  With issues ranging from finding affordable housing to paying utility bills, we will help assess the need and recommend next steps of action and referrals to outside resources.

Tuesday Schedule

  • Free Community Dinner • 6–7 pm
  • Free Job and Life Skills Classes • 7–8:30 pm
  • Free Care Groups and Classes • 7–8:30 pm
  • Referrals to needed services • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Computer Lab • 6:30–8 pm
  • Homework Room and fun activities for kids and youth • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Food Pantry for qualified families living in Butler County • 6:30–8 pm
  • Free English as a Second Language (ELS) beginning and intermediate classes (Clases gratis en inglés; Clases de principiante y intermedio) • 7:00–8:30 pm