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.

Enhancing Skills and Providing Support

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. Questions? Contact

Every Tuesday night, Stepping Forward includes:

  • Free Community Dinner • 6–7 pm
  • Free Job and Life Skills classes • 7–8:30 pm (see list below)
  • Referrals to needed services • 6:30–8:00 pm
  • Computer Lab • 6:30–8 pm
  • Homework Room and fun activities for the kids • 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


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.