Building A Future

Our Building A Future classes are a series of free classes designed to teach essential life skills and include a wide range of topics from goal settin and legal rights to housing resources and nutrition. Our Building A Future classes are free and available to all clients of Damien, however, clients receiving housing support are required to attend. Clients are highly encouraged to RSVP for classes with their Care Coordinator or by contacting Annie Nelson, Housing Support Specialist, at (317) 632-0123 x251 or

Building A Future classes are taught by professionals in their area of expertise along with staff at Damien. People in the community are welcome to assist us by teaching a class in a specialized area. Class topics are flexible; even if your expertise doesn't quite fit into one of the current course titles, we also hold a monthly class with special topics. If you are Interested in volunteering to teach a class, contact Annie Nelson, Housing Support Specialist, at (317) 632-0123 x251 or

Visit our calendar to see when classes will be held!


March 7, 2019 - Finding A Job: Understanding your skills and how to transfer those skills. Learn how to look for jobs that correlate with your skill set. 

March 21, 2019 - Resume Building and Interviewing: Learn how to develop a resume and how to best respond during job interviews. We will discuss the appropriate body language and appropriate language to use in an interview. 

March 28, 2019 - Maintainin a Job: Better understand communication and resolving conflict. Learn how to appropriately respond to coworkers and customers. Learn about time management and how to deal with on-the-job stress.


April 4, 2019 - GED/Training Programs: Correlating education with jobs and understanding that other training preparation is available. Learn to connect with Adult Basic Education and College Preparation to move towards a better education. 

April 18, 2019 - FAFSA/College Preparation: Learn about FAFASA andhow to apply for financial assistance for college. Think through a plan towards a major and your future.

April 25, 2019 - Scholarships: We'll help you understand the different types of scholarships available and explain how to apply for these.

Finances and Budgeting

May 2, 2019 - Budgeting: Understanding personal finances and how to budget them for sustainability. 

May 16, 2019 - Checking and Savings Accounts: Learn the differences between a checking and savings account and how to set them up.

May 23, 2019 - Taxes: Learn about the basics of taxes and how to fill them out.


June 6, 2019 - Preparing Shopping Lists: Learn how to be a smart shopper and how to find nutritional value on a budget. Understand how to create a budget in order to get what is necessary and not just what is desired.

June 20, 2019 - Cooking and Meal Preparation: Learn to prepare meals that are healthy for the family. Meal prepping can save money and helps plan nutritional meals.

June 27, 2019 - Health and Well-Being: Understand the advantages of working out and how it helps maintain a healthy mentality. Learn how to manage a healthy lifestyle.

Mental Health and Medical Adherence 

July 11, 2019 - Understanding Emotional Intelligence: Learn about pro-action versus reaction. Understand one's communication style, trauma, and informed care. Discuss the importance of a support system.

July 18, 2019 - Health Intelligence: Develop a healthy life style through maintaing medical appointments and adhering to presecribed medications.

July 25, 2019 - Support Groups: Understanding oneself to see if a support group would be beneficial. Become aware of what support groups are currently available and learn the importance of asking for help in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


August 1, 2019 - Unemployment and Social Security: Understanding unemployement and social security benefits.Learn how to apply and what that process looks like. Learn about rights under benefits.

August 15, 2019 - Expungement: Tackle the process of expungement and how to remove something from a record. Understand what services are available to assist and move forward.

August 22, 2019 - Renter's Law: Understand the rights of a tenant versus landlord. Learn the proper avenues on how to advocate for tenant law.