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
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
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 have temporarily discontinued our referral program due to a shortage of funds. Please check back in the fall for updated information.
- Free Community Dinner • 6–7 pm
- Free Care Groups and Life Skills Classes
(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
Ongoing Weekly Classes
- Single Parenting Care Group
- Community Bible Study
- Hispanic Care Group
- English as a Second Language (ELS). We offer separate beginning and intermediate classes. (
Clasesgratis en inglés; Clasesde principiantey intermedio)
- Getting Ahead Class - Begins June 25 - September 10. This weekly class will help you gain the skills and knowledge to move your life forward. Workshop topics include: Gaining resources, budgeting skills, how to build credit, and getting organized. Participants will earn a FREE gift card for every class attended.
- NAMI Family & Friends Class - August 13 and 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm. This class is a 4-hour Informational Seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. It is also open to anyone with an interest in learning more about mental health. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have a personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.
Visit the NAMI website for more information and to register online.