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Make Changes in Your Life
[A Program of (Your Affiliate’s Name)]
Join Us in the Next Step Program’s Supportive Environment
If you are trying to achieve a difficult or frightening goal, a small step in a safe, non-threatening environment may be just what you need to realize your goals.
Fear and uncertainty are frequently the reasons people do not achieve their goals.When you join The Next Step Program, our Mentors help you achieve your goals in a supportive environment of coaching, support, and services.
We Offer Assistance with Employment and Social Services…
Our Mentors can help you:
·Attend employment workshops,
·Write a resume you can be proud of,
·Learn basic computer skills,
·Conduct a job search,
·Fill out online applications, and/or
·Prepare for interviews that lead to job offers.
Through information, referrals, and coaching, our Mentors can help you:
·Obtain legal advice,
·Enter addiction treatment programs,
·Apply for benefits,
·Receive medical care,
·Manage checking and debit/credit accounts, and/or
Once you are in our Next Step Program, our Mentors can also help you obtain:
·Valid photo ID,
·Hygiene and food products,
·Employment-related transportation assistance,
·Use of a phone, fax, and the Internet,
·Receipt of phone messages and mail.
Our Mentors can help with HIV/AIDS services:
For many people, new treatments and aggressive therapies have substantially slowed the progression of HIV and AIDS.That does not mean that living with HIV/AIDS is not a challenge, but it does not have to be overwhelming. As part of The Next Step Program, we can help you find spiritual retreats, monthly get-togethers, bereavement support, support groups, and burial assistance funds.
…And all our Volunteers will pray with you if you so desire.
The Next Step Program Can Help You…
·Make lasting changes in your life,
·Learn new skills,
·Set mindful priorities, and
·Work on those priorities with intent and purpose.
The Rewards of Applying the Next Step Program in Your Life
Each Participant that visits our Host Cooperative Church comes with very different individual needs, although the needs usually involve employment, housing, family life, or recovery from an illness or addiction. Our basic approach to providing assistance is called Next Steps, a unique self-help program that promotes change, dignity, and self-reliance in people who are in need.
Once you enter The Next Step Program, a Mentor will meet with you to set personal goals and plan your next steps. Our Mentors help you take the small actions that will help you change your life in great ways. By taking small steps over time instead of expecting dramatically large change to occur rapidly, change accumulates bit-by-bit, step-by-step.
Next Steps is Something of an Open Secret
The philosophy that small steps transform into large accomplishments is one that has been circulating for thousands of years. The secret is as simple as walking—one step at a time. This fundamentally simple process can help you change the resistance in your life—making small achievable and measurable moves toward employment, education, and housing. Each step accomplished leads you comfortably to a second, and then a third, and so on, until one day the change you desire is mastered.
We work with anyone who wants to make positive changes in his or her life. We will work with you as long as you need help and want to participate in our program. Most important, we will follow-up and stay with you as you accomplish your Next Steps.
We will help you set and take Next Steps toward your goals, provide encouragement, needed information, referrals, and other resources that will help you reach your goals.
We work with a wide range of nonprofits and agencies to which we refer participants for other appropriate assistance in taking Next Steps.
Next Steps Registration Process
Interested persons can visit our location(s) listed below. Our office)s) is/are open from (list day(s) and time(s)).
If you are a new Participant, plan to arrive at the location nearest you before (give the time). We ask new Participants to spend 90 minutes working with our Mentors to fill out a confidential questionnaire that will help us learn more about you. Once you complete your questionnaire, you will be ready to make positive changes in your life!
[List here the addresses and telephone numbers of your Next Steps of South Carolina (NSSC) Affiliate Host Cooperative Church(es) offering the Next Step Program in your community.]
Next Steps of South Carolina is indebted to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (www.samaritanministry.com), Lazarus Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA (www.historicchristchurch.org), and The Cooperative Ministry, Columbia, SC (www.coopmin.org) for allowing us to pattern our Next Step Program after their successful ministries.
(Last modified 10/16/2014)