New program aimed to help people get out of poverty


A local organization has formed a 20 week class to help those in poverty change their futures.

The Seton Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland is a non-profit agency known to assist low-income families with bills, food and even clothing with their thrift shop.

Now, they’re taking their services to a new level with a new program aimed to help people get out of poverty.

“A couple of years ago the staff here decided what was happening was we were just putting band aids on problems. We weren’t really solving them. We were taking care of emergency needs,” said Sister Martha Beaudoin, Seton Center Administrator.

Staff say while they were helping emergency and critical needs, the long term effects on their clients wasn’t changing.

“We felt that we needed to develop or find a program that would help us get beyond or help our clients get beyond just surviving but actually making process,” said Sister Beaudoin.

After two years of planning, ‘Getting Ahead in a Just by World’ was formed.

“We’ve come to the understanding that people who are low-income or people who are surviving poverty are already survivors; that’s how they get by. They have a lot of internal resources but they don’t always know how to access them,” said Getting Ahead Facilitator Kelly Mays.

Overall, staff say this program is all about changing their destiny, their way.

“The biggest thing about getting ahead is that they choose change for themselves. They find their own motivation, they find their own future story. We do not set up goals for them,” said Mays.

Staff say the only requirement for applying to the program is to be below the poverty guidelines.

Staff say the next class will start this September and will take applications until the class is full.

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