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. 


Referral volunteers are available on Tuesday evenings at Stepping Forward from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  They can connect you with community resources.

Tuesday Schedule

  • Free Community Dinner • 6–7 pm
  • Free Life Skills Classes and Care Groups
    (see list below)
  • Computer Lab • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Homework Room and fun activities for kids and youth • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Food Pantry for qualified families living in Butler County • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Referrals • 6:30–8:00 pm

Ongoing Weekly Classes

  • Community Bible Study
  • Hispanic Care Group
  • English as a Second Language (ELS). We offer separate beginning and intermediate classes. (Clases gratis en inglés; Clases de principiante y intermedio)

Special Classes and Groups

NAMI Basics - A FREE class that runs for six weeks from Jan. 14 - Feb.18. NAMI Basics fosters learning, healing and empowerment among parents and families of children with emotional, mental, and/or neurobiological disorders.  

NAMI Family to Family - A free 12-week care group that meets for twelve weeks from Jan. 14 - March 31. This group is for family members who have a loved one experiencing or suspected of having a mental health disorder. 

Dementia Care Workshops - A FREE three-part educational event. These classes will focus on understanding the various types and stages of dementia-related disorders, and how to provide the best care and support for individuals with dementia. Workshop Dates are listed below. Click for more information and to register.