Growing Hope in Newaygo County
Transformational Ministry addresses the problem of chronic need and the lack of skills and support systems. It delves deeper into the lives of people in chronic need by organizing and equipping churches and church volunteers to walk alongside people – teaching specific life skills and mentoring them for an extended period of time. It’s not about us fixing people; it’s about walking together, asking God to fix the brokenness in all of us….doing life together….God’s way.
Love INC of Newaygo County’s transformational ministry is called Growing Hope. It is an incentive-based program with homework accountability requirements. The program is designed to assist people facing financial and personal challenges. Prospective participants are referred to the Growing Hope Program through the Love INC Clearinghouse, local agencies, partner churches, and by former program participants. Program orientation and an interview are conducted with each potential participant to determine if he/she:
- Is motivated and willing to pursue solution- based answers to ongoing barriers/needs.
- Meets the program eligibility requirements.
- Consents to work with church volunteers in a Christian-based program.
- Agrees to abide by program guidelines.
Growing Hope consists of three main parts:
- A 14-week financial management class
- Mentoring (3-15 months)
- Personal Growth Classes (optional)
Financial Management Class
Participants learn to use basic budgeting tools during the 14-week class.
- Organizing personal records & tracking spending
- Setting financial goals & establishing a working budget (the envelope system)
- Stewardship & net worth
- Debt and ways to reduce debt
- Spend less, earn more
- Savings & investments
- Insurance & taxes
- Credit cards & credit reports
- Decision making
After the 14-week budget class, second interviews are often conducted prior to a participant entering the financial mentoring phase. The mentoring portion of the program focuses on specific ways participants can assess and improve their own financial and life situations. Volunteer mentors help guide this process.
Mentoring often continues for an extended period of time (up to a year or more). Progress is assessed weekly through mentor reports. It is our desire that each person involved in Growing Hope would find financial, emotional, and spiritual stability in their life and, in turn, pass their knowledge on to another person in need.
Personal Growth Classes
Program participants enrolled in financial management classes or mentoring are also eligible and encouraged to participate in personal growth classes. These optional classes address a variety of needs beyond financial management. Emotional, social, physical, and spiritual needs are addressed. Two or more personal growth classes are offered every 7-14 weeks. Classes may include Bible studies, cooking on a budget, gardening, life skills, boundaries classes, gift making, job skills, car care, health and nutrition, home repair, parenting and more.
Free childcare is offered to all program participants. It is a labor of love!
The Growing Hope Program meets on Monday evenings at Grant Wesleyan Church, 688 W. 112th Street, Grant, MI.
6:00 – 6:50 p.m. Personal Growth Classes and Mentoring
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Financial Management Classes and Mentoring
Growing Hope is always in need of Christian mentors, teachers, and childcare workers. All mentors are trained by Growing Hope staff. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, a class teacher, or a childcare worker, please contact our office at 231-652-4099 x 125.
If you are interested in learning more about participating in the Growing Hope Program or becoming a volunteer, please contact our office at 231-652-4099 x 115.
Jobs for Life in Newaygo County
Other transformational classes, like “Jobs for Life” are also offered periodically. Jobs for Life provides a unique job readiness training and support strategy that empowers students to be successful at work and at life. The program is designed to be completed in 16 two-hour classes through a combination of classroom instruction and individual group application activities. Some of the program highlights include:
Biblically-based – Jobs for Life (JFL) training is intended to help students engage in a journey- a journey from unemployment to employment or from under-employment to better employment. The course uses the Bible as a textbook, a tool that helps make sense of this journey.
Relationship-centered – Every student who participates in JFL training is paired with a mentor to provide ongoing support and encouragement. As a result, participants experience an extraordinary sense of community during JFL classes.
For more information on current Jobs for Life locations and class schedules, please contact the Love INC Transformational Ministry Program staff at: 231-652-4099 x 115 or x 125.