Getting Ahead Program

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What is the Getting Ahead program?

Getting Ahead Program ResourcesThe Getting Ahead Program is a 14 week course that helps 10-15 individuals that equips people in generational poverty with the resources to do just that — get ahead.  This incentive process delves way beyond budgeting classes and goes into understanding how to create personal and community change so families are no longer “just getting by.”

Getting Ahead participants look at the mental and emotional models that are dominant in the culture of poverty and compare them to the so-called “common sense” that governs middle class and the workplaces, schools, churches and governments shaped under it.  Participants compare the rules of poverty, which they know well, with the rules of middle class, which often feel extremely foreign.

Participants set aggressive goals and action plans and look carefully at the common pitfalls and “backdoor attitudes” that may leave them short of these goals.

Does the program really work?

Altogether over 125 individuals in Hancock County have completed the program.  Each one of them is proof that we can change the growing trend of poverty in our communities.

Getting Ahead Program Schedule

The program is held four times a year and  last for 14 weeks. Each week there is a 2.5 hour long class during the evenings. A meal is also provided at the beginning of the class and lasts for roughly 30 minutes.

Upcoming Getting Ahead Program Events

2016 Millstream Getting Ahead Programs

Winter: Every Monday, February 22 – May 16 at 5:30pm-8:00pm

Summer: Every Monday, May 2 – August 8 at 5:30pm-8:00pm

Fall: Every Monday, September 12 – December 12 at 5:30pm-8:00pm

How do I register for a Getting Ahead Class?

To schedule a Getting Ahead training or for more information contact:
Carol Steegman
Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
(419) 427-2848

Getting Ahead Meal Donation

Every Getting Ahead class begins with a meal for the participants, children, and volunteers. You could be a HUGE HELP by volunteering to provide a meal for a Getting Ahead class. If you are interested in supplying one or more meals during the 14 week program period please contact Carol Steegman at (419) 427-2848 or email

 Child Care Services

Child care is provided through volunteer support from the community.  Children have the opportunity to play, learn and build a relationship with a community volunteer mentor.

Bridges Out of Poverty Training

Take an in depth look at the Bridges Out of Poverty training course to learn how you can help overcome poverty in your community by breaking down the stigmas of poverty.

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Getting Ahead Program

The Getting Ahead Program is a 14 week class designed to help community members understand their living situations and build the resources needed to get to their ideal situations.

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Become an Ally

A program for Graduates of the Bridges Out of Poverty Training program to unite with graduates of the Getting Ahead program to work together towards a better tomorrow.

Become An Ally