The Ministries Division, announced in June of 2014, is CCMC’s response to the obvious needs of the under- resourced in our community. This represents an expansion of services provided by CCMC to assist this population. By working with local churches, non-profit groups and agencies that are also serving the needy, CCMC is trying to help those living at the margins of society develop their own resources in the broad areas of healthcare, spiritual development, mental health, law enforcement, food, shelter, transportation and education. The object is to provide a “Bridge of Hope” out of poverty toward self-sufficiency.
CCMC now has two Case Managers, Tina McBride and Laura Bright, to work in this area. They are available to interview and meet with clients who are eligible as determined by the intake process. Tina also works at developing liaisons with other organizations to work smarter in providing and coordinating services with these clients.
Another new staff member of the “Ministries Division,” Jill Johnson, is coordinating the Getting Ahead Program for clients, and Mike and Deby Prince are facilitating the “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” class curriculum.
January 14, 2015 marked the inaugural class for CCMC’s “Getting Ahead in a just Getting’ by World”. “Getting Ahead” is a 16-20 week curriculum designed to teach individuals who are experiencing poverty how they can create a path to a more stable, secure future for themselves and their family. The “Getting Ahead” workbook is based on author Philip DeVol’s “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life.” The program is possible through a partnership with the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs. This first class of approximately a dozen students is scheduled to graduate in May, 2015. Part of the “Getting Ahead” process is for the students to have mentors to meet with and to build new relationships that are positive and encouraging. Thus, the “Ministries Division” is training mentors to fill this role.
These are exciting times for the “Ministries Division” of CCMC.
The inaugural class for CCMC’s “Getting Ahead in a just Getting’ by World” held it’s graduation, May 2015.
You can click here to view photos from the event– “Getting Ahead” Class Graduation, May 2015.
NOTE: The Getting Ahead curriculum:
- Involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator.
- Enables participants, called “investigators,” to examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.
- Guides investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency.
- Puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.