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Thriving Connections

thriving connections provides support by making the personal and community connections that are important for successful life change.

"We believe that all people need sufficient relationships, money, and meaning in their lives to thrive."  Supporting Individuals and Building Community

A Thriving Connections Team is a supportive friendship across class lines, made up of one Leader who is living on a low-income and three or four Allies who are living on a middle-class income. A Team typically meets once or twice a month to work toward achieving the Leader's plans for moving out of poverty.

ABOUT THRIVING CONNECTIONS

Thriving Connections builds on the power of relationships to bring people together for change. A local Guiding Coalition provides the framework to increase the emotional and financial stability of participating families and reduce their use of welfare benefits. Just as importantly, Thriving Connections brings the experience of poverty into the hearts and minds of community members and leaders, taking us one step closer to a national commitment to end poverty.

How it Works

Thriving Connections Leaders and Allies are matched by their talents and interests and are each asked to make an 18 month commitment. Everyone is expected to meet with his or her Team at least once a month. In addition, Leaders are asked to attend the weekly Community Meeting. Children's programming and dinner are provided during this time. It is the connection formed during these meetings with Allies and other Leaders that builds respect and understanding, linking people together to end poverty one family at a time.

Thriving connections Leaders

Thriving Connections Leaders are individuals or families who are motivated to get out of poverty. The Leader is in charge of creating his or her own plan to increase their financial, professional, and social resources to move out of poverty. The Leader will teach his or her Ally about the experience of poverty. Leaders are comfortable participating in groups and have a willingness to accept support from others, especially Thriving Connections Allies.
Download the Thriving Connections Leader Application Packet

thriving connections Allies

Team Allies are community members who form a supportive friendship with a Team Leader. Allies work with the Leader to figure out how to accomplish his or her plan, offering help in areas in which they are familiar, whether it's financial, educational, or social/community connections. Allies can be anyone with stable resources who genuinely want to help and to learn.
Download the Thriving Connections Ally Information Packet

Training for Leaders and Allies

Potential Leaders participate in a one-night-a-week training for eighteen weeks. Training participants study poverty and discuss and share their experiences surviving without adequate resources. They identify strengths and set goals to build financial, professional, and social resources in their own lives. Children’s programming and meals are provided free of charge.

Potential Allies participate in orientation and on-going training to study poverty and the effects it may have on families and individuals. Allies also learn valuable skills that will help them form a solid, supportive relationship with their Thriving Connections Leader.

Community Education & Big picture

Through outreach events, Thriving Connections provides the community with a framework for understanding poverty. It is our goal to raise awareness of issues of poverty so that everyone can come together to work on removing the barriers that make it difficult for people to get out of poverty.  We welcome the opportunity to speak to groups about poverty in our community and Thriving Connections.  For more information contact: Linda Patton, Thriving Connections Coordinator, lindap@insccap.org, (812) 339-3447, ext. 206.

THRIVING CONNECTIONS Volunteers

Thriving Connections is an innovative campaign to eliminate poverty. A local Guiding Coalition provides the framework to increase the emotional and financial stability of participating families and reduce their use of welfare benefits. Just as importantly, Thriving Connections brings the experience of poverty into the hearts and minds of community members and leaders, taking us one step closer to a national commitment to end poverty.  There are many volunteer opportunities within this model.  If you're interested in volunteering read and download the forms below.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Handout
Youth Community & Meal Preparation Volunteer Application Packet
In-Kind Verification Form
Youth Program Volunteer Handbook

CoNtact us

For more information contact:
Linda Patton - Thriving Connections Coordinator | lindap@insccap.org | (812) 339-3447 Ext. 206
Carrie Felton - Thriving Connections Coach | carrie@insccap.org | (812) 339-3447 Ext. 263