“Getting Ahead” Groups Now in Progress
To help our neighbors make systemic changes in their lives, the St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Dayton District Council offers Getting Ahead classes. Participants meet weekly for 16 weeks to examine their poverty experience, assess their own resources and ways to build them as they move toward self-sufficiency, and write goals designed to help them move toward a more prosperous life.
St. Rita/St. Paul/Precious Blood (Trotwood)
We are currently seeking candidates for our next Getting Ahead group! We plan to begin the first week in March and will meet at the Belle Meadow Apartments in Trotwood. As with the other groups, we will meet once a week for 16 weeks. The time and date are yet to be determined and will depend on the availability of those interested.
Getting Ahead Graduates Monthly Get-Togethers
With the support of community partners, the Dayton Society of SVdP continues to provide our graduates with resources, including bridging capital and other support as they work on their “future stories.” Following completion of the GA curriculum, graduates meet monthly to continue building their personal resources. PNC provides financial literacy education each month, and Kettering Hospital Community Outreach and Goodwill also provide “resource building” support—such as health-related education and resume’ writing assistance and job opportunities. In addition, bonds have formed among the graduates; and they come together as friends to support one another.