Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic held its 76th “Getting Ahead” graduation ceremony on Monday, with 10 men and women completing the class at First Baptist Church.
The ceremony, held at the Garage Church, also marked a milestone for Mike Prince, who has now facilitated 30 “Getting Ahead” groups, a news release said.
More than 650 people have graduated from the Getting Ahead course since CCMC brought the Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative to Hot Springs in 2015, the release said.
Getting Ahead is a free, step-by-step, 14-week class “to help people discover what keeps them financially distressed or in poverty, and then helps them to develop a practical, workable strategy to create a more stable life and future for themselves and their families,” the release said.
During the classes, participants investigate 11 areas in their lives to determine what modifications need to be made, including finances, emotional well-being, language, cognitive abilities, social capital, physical health, spiritual connection, motivation, integrity, relationships, and knowledge. of the “hidden rules” that exist in every socio-economic group.
The classes are coordinated by CCMC and offered at a variety of venues throughout the community throughout the year.
Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve life for the underserved and under-resourced members of the community.
“We do so by focusing on three areas of human need: advocacy services, charitable health care, and poverty disruptions programs, such as Getting Ahead,” the release said.
For more information about Getting Ahead, call Starla Bleifus, CCMC’s Getting Ahead Coordinator, at 501-318-1153, ext. 303, or email [email protected]