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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 setting 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 anelson@damien.org.

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 anelson@damien.org.

Visit our calendar to see when classes will be held!

Orientation

October 17, 2019 - Orientation: We will go over the expectations of the courses and what the courses will offer.  

Employment

November 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. 

November 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. 

November 28, 2019 – No class

December 5, 2019 - Maintaining 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.

Other Classes Offered:

Service Industry 101 (Date TBA): We will have a community partner come in and talk about restaurant life and what it takes to obtain licenses to make yourself more employable within the service industry.

***Please note: November 11, 2019 is the Damien Resource Fair from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All participants in Building a Future are expected to attend the resource fair and be an active participant.

Education

January 16. 2020 - 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. 

February 6, 2020 - College Preparation: Learn about FAFASA and how to apply for financial assistance for college. Think through a plan towards a major and your future.

February 13, 2020 - Scholarships: We'll help you understand the different types of scholarships available and explain how to apply for these.

Finances and Budgeting

February 20, 2020 - Budgeting: Understanding personal finances and how to budget them for sustainability. 

March 5, 2020 - Checking and Savings Accounts: Learn the differences between a checking and savings account and how to set them up.

March 19, 2020 - Banking and Credit: Learn the differences between a checking and savings account and how to set them up. Learn about credit and credit scores and how to maintain a good credit score.

Other Classes offered:

Saving for the Future (TBA): Learn the importance of saving for the future as well as the simple ins and outs of investment accounts.

Nutrition

March 26, 2020 - 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.

April 2, 2020 - Cooking and Meal Preparation: Learn to prepare meals that are healthy for the family. Meal prepping can save money and helps plan nutritional meals.

April 16, 2020 - 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 

April 23, 2020 - 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.

May 7, 2020 – Understanding Social Awareness: Learn about how to be socially aware and how to maintain emotions as well as how to respond while “reading the room.”

May 21, 2020 – Vulnerability and Circles: Understanding oneself and how the people we surround ourselves with effect our actions, moods, and responses.

Other classes offered:

Film and Discussion (1:00 PM – 3:30 PM): April 30, 2020: We will watch Inside Out and discuss our own responses to emotions.

Understanding Addiction (Date TBA): This will be an open panel of community resources who work with people with different addictions. The purpose is to understand more about addictions, harm reduction, resources, and where to get assistance.

Discussion about Mental Health Services and Payee Services (Date TBA): We will have our community partners come out to talk about options for mental health services as well as how to work through finding a payee.

Legal

May 28, 2020 - Unemployment and Social Security: Understanding unemployment and social security benefits. Learn how to apply and what that process looks like. Learn about rights under benefits.

June 4, 2020 - Renter's Law: Understand the rights of a tenant versus landlord. Learn the proper avenues on how to advocate for tenant law. 

Other Classes Offered:  

Q&A With Local Property Managers (Date TBA): There will be a panel discussion with various property managers and landlords about how to be a good tenant, how to maintain housing, how leases are drawn and a variety of other topics.

Understanding Felonies and What’s Next (Date TBA): Understand how to move forward with life with a felony. Learn about the expungement process, resources, and how to get over the barrier of a felony.