Empowering Families out of Poverty

We are committed to empowering families to thrive. Critical to this is a family’s ability to earn an income that covers their basic needs so they can live self-sufficiently. To help stretch each families’s dollars we host multiple free hot meal sites in the community as a way to meet with families and support them by providing a safety net of food to those in need. We offer classes for adults and children that help teach financial basics, time management, parenting skills, SMART goal setting and life skills. We regularly share community resources and provide opportunities for families to move forward in life through the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World curriculum that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. 

Community Programs

Free Community Dinners

Every Wednesday at Gulfside Elementary and every Monday at Gulf Middle School, we host a complimentary dinner for the entire family. After the meal is over, families learn about community resources from guest speakers, visit the resource room and participate in classes designed to help teach financial and time management, parenting and life skills.  

Dinner 5:30PM-6:30PM

Classes/Programming 6PM-8PM

Classes include: Getting Ahead, Understanding Your Finances, Parenting Skills, Cooking Classes, Understanding Nutrition, etc.

Childcare will be provided to those who attend classes.

Contact Patti for more information

Getting Ahead Program

Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By World is a 12 week course that helps individuals struggling financially build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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.

The Getting Ahead classes are offered 4 times a year. Dinner, childcare and transportation are provided for those interested in attending. The 12 week course, dinner and childcare are provided free of charge.  Click here to fill out a form for more information.

How Can I Help?

By donating to One Community Now, you help us be the hands and feet that our community needs. You give us the chance to help people who live in fear every day, and you help us build a community, because with One Community Now we don’t just help, we build relationships, trust and become family.

Come join us! Looking to get involved with One Community Now but may not know how? Volunteering is a great way to learn more about who we are and what we do. If you want to help others and make a change in people lives, sign-up today to volunteer. 

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