A participant of the Changing Lives Forever program said, “When I walk out my door everything looks different now.” Because of his participation in the program, he recognized that knowledge and understanding are power.

To participate in Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World suggests that you’re ready to start the journey toward change—toward “getting ahead.” The change that will result is that investigators will better understand themselves and their relationship to the rest of the world—family and friends, the police, the neighborhood, the social service agencies, etc. The movement toward a better future will begin in the very first session.

This is a tough program, and it requires discipline. The rewards of the program are lifechanging. The program lasts a minimum of 18 continuous sessions, one day a week for three hours. Listen in as participants share their experiences in the program.

The only way that change happens is when you can identify your current life and determine what you want your future to look like. This program is an educational experience like no other. Past participants have stated that they learned about things they didn’t know existed, terms and phrases that were new, and resources that had been invisible to them. Investigators complete exercises that will help them identify not only their own strengths and weaknesses but also the strengths and weaknesses of the community. Having this knowledge will be a major advantage toward “getting ahead.”

Participants have the opportunity to graduate from this program with a future vision and a plan for the steps it will take to achieve it. The powerful part is that who you will be tomorrow is decided by what you do today. If a participant is ready, the program is too.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul–Indianapolis Archdiocesan Council started in the 1940s to serve people living in poverty, regardless of religious affiliation, race, or national origin. Since that time, their ministry has spread throughout Central and Southern Indiana.