Work Life Classes
Much inspired by the revelations of “When Helping Hurts,” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert of the Chalmer’s Center. Work Life is an integrated job-preparedness curriculum. It has been designed specifically for people from backgrounds of generational poverty. In addition to practical job skills, the curriculum empowers participants to shift from a misinformed or negative outlook on the value and purpose of work to how perfectly and positively it exists in God’s perspective
- The Work Life Curriculum uses biblical principles, proven job-skills training techniques, and engaging adult learning methods to ensure the participants understand and internalize the information.
- Work Life also incorporates mentors, called “Allies,” to provide the relational, friendship support that people so need when trying to make big life changes… and this support is offered for continuation throughout the first six months or year after graduation.
- Work Life also collaborates with regional organizations and job sources with the intent to apprise each graduate of a job opportunity, as well as introducing them to available career skills training.
Participants gain knowledge and understanding which they can use to propel them into the status of a valued employee.
FAITH and FINANCE FACILITATOR TRAINEE
Professor of Accounting, UTC
I have seen firsthand how being a good steward of the resources provided by God can translate to an escape from poverty and debt. I have used those experiences to assist others desiring to get out of debt. In this time, God placed on my heart a desire to share this message with the materially poor; however, that was not the audience of the classes that I lead. I was unsure how to share my experiences with the materially poor so I sought God’s guidance with this desire. I believe that Faith and Finance training and an opportunity to connect with the materially poor through Step uP Chattanooga is God’s answer to my request. I also believe that through this training God answered another more subtle question about why I hadn’t had the opportunity to share with the materially poor. The simple answer was that my heart was not prepared to do so in a way that was necessary. This training has begun to change my heart in a way that I believe was necessary for me to demonstrate God’s love. I look forward to finishing the training and seeing how God will use my old experience and a new heart for His people.
Work Life Certifed Teachers and Facilitators
Teachers-Facilitators are trained and certified to present the curriculum in an engaging way to class participants. Praying as they present for the Holy Spirit’s reach into each individual life, bringing the transformations only God can do as the truths are received.
Support Allies (mentors) participate in the classroom, building relationships and creating the community of trust with participants (students). Allies’ support subdues the We/They mindset and promotes a “Doing Life Together” mindset. Allies advance with the same group of participants throughout their required 12 sessions of studies.
Allies are especially life-impacting as they are allowed to continue with the participants following graduation, giving the graduate the benefit of ongoing support as s/he makes career advancements and lives a more stable life.
Faith and Finances Classes
Uniting people from varied backgrounds, Faith & Finances, designed specifically for low-income adults, addresses the challenges the materially poor face, helping them rediscover their God-given dignity while exploring money management skills along with biblical stewardship principles.