Family Advocacy

The Getting Ahead Program

Offers educational/vocational support to individuals “stuck” in generational or situational poverty, and is based on Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World , a program created by Philip DeVol, co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty. It fosters exploration and adaptation skills that are based on the most effective methods toward a self-sustainable life and employment. Individuals investigate the theory and process of change and the role of community agencies and organizations as they explore poverty in their community in a 14-16 week program.

Dollar Works 2

Is a hands-on educational program that is based on the assumption that personal financial management is a set of skills that must be learned. It was developed by educators from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. Participants attend a series of workshops that teach basic economic and personal finance concepts to strengthen families’ skills in managing their finances, making informed decisions about their money and increasing families’ long-term financial stability.

People understand and use money within the context of their culture and life experiences. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to handle money, some ways are more likely to increase financial control and independence.

Cooking Matters

As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Families are provided with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.

Community Garden

Individuals learn the importance of proper nutrition while allowing for planting, weeding, and harvesting of fresh produce. The Community Garden also includes classes on getting a garden started, learning the best times to plant, food preservation and canning. Participants also learn how to weed and control pests and how to determine if a crop is ready to harvest. Participants that help in the garden are able to take fresh produce home.