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.
Referral volunteers are available on Tuesday evenings at Stepping Forward from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. They can connect you with community resources.
- 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
- Referrals • 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)
NAMI Basics is a FREE class that runs for six weeks and covers much of the same topics as our Family-to-Family program. NAMI Basics fosters learning, healing and empowerment among parents and families of children with emotional/mental/neurobiological disorders. A study published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies in August 2011 reported that the NAMI Basics program results in “significant improvement” for families when it comes to communication and coping skills.
Topics covered include:
• How to navigate the educational system and get your child the help he or she needs
• How a diagnosis is determined
• Treatment options: therapy, medication or both?
• How to advocate for your child
• What you need to know to navigate the juvenile justice system
• Crisis prevention and relapse planning
• Communicating with your loved one
• Coping strategies; taking care of yourself
Free dinner and childcare are offered for all participants in this class. NAMI Basics is open to the community and we encourage you to help promote it to your family, neighbors and friends. There are several ways you can register for the classes:
Register online at www.nami-bc.org
Send an email to