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Getting Ahead Classes

The cycle of poverty is often just that – a cycle. Stillwater CARES, along with countless other social service agencies, are committed to assist individuals and families in breaking that cycle and building resources for a better life.

Getting Ahead is a 10-module, 20-week course that equips under-resourced individuals with an understanding of the what they need to lead a stable and self-sufficient life. Working in small groups, participants identify the resources they need most to get ahead. The next Getting Ahead Class will start in February 2018. Email or click the Getting Ahead Information link below for an application and details about the class.

Getting Ahead Information:

Stillwater CARES is passionate about people being elevated out of poverty, however that might be defined for them. To help someone with Getting Ahead, you can:


Sponsor a Participant:

A Getting Ahead Sponsor may offer several or all of the following:

  • Recruit a prospective Getting Ahead participant
  • Assist in the participant-interview process, and provide ongoing relational support throughout the class
  • Work with your church or organization to host a Getting Ahead class in your facility
  • Volunteer to remove obstacles to participation (transportation, child care, etc.)
  • Volunteer to provide meals for the class

Fund a Scholarship:

Donations of any size can be designated to help someone Get Ahead. For $50 a month, you can invest in a person’s future story with a full Getting Ahead scholarship.

Relationship Support:

Graduates advance in their goals when a circle of "Allies" are there to encourage their journey forward. Be a part of Getting Ahead graduates’ network as a friend or advocate. For more information email

Other Ways to Serve:

We’re always adding to the Getting Ahead Network! We’d love to put your strengths and talents to work. To be a part of the life-changing Getting Ahead program as a facilitator, mentor or other support, or for more information on the next class, email us at Stillwater CARES is also part of a nationwide Getting Ahead Network. Getting Ahead facilitator training and other similar opportunities are available online.

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