"Getting Ahead" Goes to Claremont
Last week, five people graduated from the Haven’s first-ever “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” course in Claremont. All of the previous sessions—18 in total—have been held on the Haven’s campus in White River Junction, or at Turning Point Center in Wilder. The highly positive feedback we continue to receive from participants led us to think about how we could extend the opportunity to others in the community. Since the Haven serves a large population in Claremont (3rd highest number of people using the Food Shelf come from Claremont) and there was demonstrated interest there, we launched the first class in early October. This first group was held at the Claremont Soup Kitchen.
“Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” is facilitated by Haven staff member Faith DuBois and designed for guests in the Haven’s adult and family shelters, or community members who are facing poverty. Each course is a series of 18 three-hour classes that meets over the course of 9 weeks and requires regular completion of homework in between sessions. Based in part on Ruby Payne’s Bridges Out of Poverty framework, participants in this program work in a facilitated group setting to identify goals and patterns, gain self-awareness, and discuss tools and resources they can access to attain greater stability in their lives in the future.