ELKHART — If you don’t have a car, you can’t attend a class across town — even if that class is free. That’s the thinking behind Guidance Ministries’ new effort to partner with local organizations and bring more educational opportunities to people living near Guidance Ministries on North Second Street in Elkhart.
“We want to invite different organizations who offer educational classes, so people in the Guidance Ministries neighborhood can access them,” King said Thursday, Sept. 26. “There are lots of awesome (classes) out there, but the people who really need it don’t have vehicles.”
The YWCA is the first organization that has agreed to teach some of its classes at Guidance Ministries, King said. YWCA staff will offer a “Getting Ahead” class to women at Guidance Ministries beginning Oct. 15. The class is based on a program called Bridges Out of Poverty, and it focuses on helping people adjust their lifestyle.
“This class in particular is talking about mindsets and support, and it’s a program I’ve been aware of for a while,” King said.
She added that she is working with other local nonprofits and hopes to form more partnerships soon.
Another new project in the works for Guidance Ministries is an expansion into the house next door. King said this house was purchased last year and once it’s renovated, it will provide at least four additional classrooms and a kitchen space for Guidance Ministries. In January, Guidance Ministries received a $25,000 matching grant to renovate the house from the Elkhart County Community Foundation.
King said Guidance will have fundraisers for the money needed to receive the matching grant. She hopes to be using the house for classes by early 2014.