Classes, Training, & Coaching

Classes, Training, & Coaching

Over 100 free online and in-person classes, training, and coaching to help neighbors affected by COVID move forward.

Even before COVID-19 hit, many neighbors were struggling to get ahead. Now, with the financial fallout of lost jobs, lost income, and lost opportunities, even more of our neighbors are falling behind.

Our classes, training, and coaching equip anyone in the tri-state interested in improving in some area of their life.

– Finances
– Relationships
– Family & parenting
– Spiritual growth
– Health & nutrition
– And more!

Services like these are funded by neighbors like you.

Thanks to your gifts, these classes, training, and coaching are available at no cost to the community.

We invite you to consider giving a gift to support our services.

Your gift during this unique season helps neighbors learn parenting, budgeting, and other life skills that serve as resources to equip them to gain stability and move toward their potential.

Thank you,

Gina Gibson, Josey Roth, and Katie Merrick Grunow
ECLC Development Team

P.S. – Interested in trying a class? Call us at 812.423.9222 to learn more!

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Resource Q&A

Resource Q&A

Ask questions. Navigate resources.

Have your circumstances changed due to COVID-19?

Are you overloaded with conflicting information on how to move forward?

Does it feel overwhelming trying to keep up with the ever-changing information on employment, income, and resources?

Many people in our community are facing circumstances they’ve never dealt with before. Navigating through these details may bring up questions you’re unsure about.

If you have questions about employment, income, or COVID-19 resources, call the Evansville COVID-19 Resource Call Line!

We are partnering with agency in the community and helping staff the Evansville COVID-19 Resource Call Line. A trained staff member is here to help you navigate these new circumstances.

Why call?

  • These circumstances may be new to you
  • You might not even know what you need
  • New options and resources are rolling out quickly and can be hard to keep up with
  • You might not realize there are resources available for you that can really help and don’t take anything away from someone you think needs it more
  • You may have a plan and just want to run it by someone

What should I do?

Talk to the Evansville COVID-19 Resource Call Line! (Seriously, it’s that simple.)

Schedule a phone conversation or appointment and we’ll:

  • Talk with you about your needs
  • Help you navigate your options, resources, and questions
  • Help you make a plan (or give you feedback if you’ve already got a plan)

Whatever your circumstances (big, small, or somewhere in-between), we’re here to help.

No strings.
No sales pitch.

We’re just talking it out with you. Working through your questions and concerns.

How do I get started?

Contact them at 812.901.1059. Someone will be available from 8-5 and after hours you can leave a voicemail.

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Virtual Gathering

Virtual Gathering

Want a way to help while you’re at home?

Have a “virtual gathering” like our friends below did and help spread the word about our services!

All you have to do is:

  1. Schedule a 10-minute Zoom call with Gina or Katie
  2. Share that video on your social media and/or email

That’s it!

(We’ll take care of all the technical things and send you the video ready to share. The entire process should take about 15 minutes of your time.)

See below for some examples.

Contact Gina by email or at 812.423.9222.

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Our community has survived for over 200 years.

We’ve made it through wars, tornadoes, floods, recessions, the Great Depression, and now this.

We can, and we will make it through this…rebuilding our community person by person.

If you’re in need:
Please use our services.

If you’re stable or have a surplus:
Please support our services.

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Due to COVID-19, our more public services were temporarily closed and others shifted to serve our community in new (and many times virtual) ways.

We have been reopening our public services as wisely and safely as possible. Please check for updates and changes as requirements are changing daily.

Below is our service schedule, based on recommendations from the Health Department.

Clothing Department:
Open 1 day per week (Wednesdays only)
– A limited number of shoppers will be permitted at a time
– Those waiting in line will need to wait outside
– Only 1 person per household permitted to shop
– Shoppers must have I.D. for registration

Other specific details and restrictions may be required when shoppers arrive
– Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Last person checked in at 12 noon)

Hot Meal Program:
Our Hot Meal Program is temporarily closed.

Thanks to multiple food providers like Feed Evansville and other area organizations, demand for our Hot Meal Program has decreased. In order to be good stewards of the resources given us, we will be sharing our donations with other local organizations and reassigning our Food Services staff to other areas. We will reevaluate our plans in September, when some of the temporary community food efforts end.

Evansville Christian Health Clinic:
– Pregnancy, Dental and Medical services will continue by appointment and walk-in availability.

Family Care Services (Parenting Rewards and Fatherhood Initiative):
– By appointment only please call 812-423-9222

Accent On Christ 12-Step Recovery:
– Reopened for regular, in-person meetings
– Meetings are conducted according to recommended cleaning, sanitization, and social distancing guidelines

Abstinence Education:
– Truth talk classes are being done by video per school district requirements
– We are working with local schools for the remainder of the school year

GAIN Initiative:
– Will continue to meet via in-person, video and telephone

Resource Q&A:
– A new service for those with questions about unemployment or COVID-19 resources. Anyone in our community can schedule a telephone call with a trained staff member to help them navigate these new circumstances. Learn more.

In addition to the details listed above, strict cleaning, sanitization, and social distancing procedures will be followed in all ECLC departments by staff, volunteers, and clients.

We invite you to support your neighbors as they rebuild their lives and move toward stability by donating financially to fund our work.

Together, we are continuing to work toward an Evansville with less poverty, stronger families, and more Jesus.

Peace be with you,

P.S. — If you have any questions, please contact us through this form or by calling 812.423.9222.

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Take a Tour

Take a Tour

Are you interested in learning more? A tour is a great way to start.

Whether you’re wanting to get involved or simply want to get a better idea of what we do, a tour is a great way to get to know us better. In one hour, you’ll hear about our mission and visit some of the services in our 120-year-old building.

Just like our gatherings, this is not a high pressure sales pitch. We’re simply here to help people understand our work. If you find out you want to get involved more, great. If not, that’s great too.

It’s our goal to build long-term relationships with people who have a passion to fight poverty and strengthen families and want to support our work. Tours are a great way to help make that happen!

Have a busy schedule? Don’t worry, we’ll do our best to find a time that works for you.

Contact Gina by email or at 812.492.0711.

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3 resources to help you share potential!

One person who sees you for your potential can sometimes mean the difference between failure and success.

We’ve created three tools to help you share the message of each person’s potential and our work of restoring people from need to potential in Christ.

Plus a 30-Day Challenge!


This tee is designed to be a conversation starter around the message that each person’s God-given potential is needed for a thriving community.

Order yours today!
($25 w/shipping)

Also available at the Vineyard Christian Resource Center!



This journal is designed for you to connect with one of our core beliefs: that each person’s God-given potential is needed for a thriving community. Use it to write down notes, ideas, or anything that helps inspire you or keep you organized.

Available on Amazon, at the Vineyard Christian Resource Center, or by calling us at 812.423.9222).

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This decal/sticker is designed to create awareness and conversations about our shared belief in each person’s potential. Place it on your car, laptop, water bottle, guitar case, or skateboard.

Get yours free! Simply contact us (via this contact form or by calling us at 812.423.9222) with your name, email, and mailing address and we’ll mail you one for free (while supplies last)!

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Looking for some action steps you and your family can take to show you believe in someone’s potential? This 30-day challenge gives one simple action step each day to help show someone that each person’s God-given potential is needed for a thriving community.

Read/download the 30-Day Challenge printable calendar (PDF).

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Photography by Rachel Mathew Photography.
T-shirt printing by Surface Apparel Company.

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83% of Evansville identifies as Christian. Yet…addiction, abuse, housing, and poverty are major issues in our community.

Is something in our faith disconnected?

Like looking at life through a broken pair of glasses, a limited view of the gospel hurts our community, our churches, and even our own lives.

What if Jesus’ way of life is designed to affect every area of our lives, our churches, and our community? We partnered with Community One to create this book to start a conversation about how a full understanding of the gospel can transform our community.

HEAVENSVILLE: How a limited view of poverty, social justice, and the gospel is keeping our community from thriving…and how we can change.


“…combines a deep understanding of Scriptural truth and a wealth of practical wisdom for caring rightly for neighbors in need.” — ROBERT LUPTON, Atlanta community developer, author of Toxic Charity

“…one of the clearest and most compelling cases for Christ-followers to lift up their eyes and see the bigger and more beautiful gospel…” — ERIC SWANSON, Leadership Network, co-author of The Externally Focused Church and To Transform a City

“This is an excellent practical guide for holistic urban ministry. Solidly biblical. Full of practical wisdom. This a superb guide for holistic ministry that combines word and deed in the way of Jesus.” – DR. RONALD J. SIDER, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

“…a ‘must-read’ if you have a deep desire to help bring about lasting change with poverty, social injustice, and communicating the gospel.” — DAVE SCHWAMBACH, Family Pastor, Bethel Church, Evansville

See what some of your neighbors are saying about HEAVENSVILLE:

“If God built a city from scratch, what would it be like? It is more than everyone knowing who Jesus is, and it is more than resolving every social injustice. The city God would build is a place He would live and a place we all would want to live. ‘Heavensville’ is a unique gift to our community that gently and carefully guides us to consider how we can hold in balance the proclamation and the demonstration of the Gospel. Telling and sharing go together. Let this be a guide for you as you work to see our city be a place where everyone experiences Gospel flourishing.” — ROSS CHAPMAN, For Evansville

“…a vivid picture of not only what is but, more importantly, what every city and community should be. With clarity of insight and a wealth of practical expressions, this book challenges and encourages me to move more deeply into a fully engaged gospel life. ‘Heavensville’ is a valuable resource for anyone ready to initiate great conversations and holistic transformations wherever you call home.” — KEVIN BRIMNER, Lead Pastor, First Christian Church, Newburgh

“As someone who has deep convictions on many subjects, I typically begin to cringe when an author or speaker tells me they have something to say on the subject of social justice. But this book gives us the proper definition and role of Godly justice in our society today. I highly recommend pastors, lay leaders, and church members read what they have to say on this important and timely topic.” — KRIS HOLZMEYER, Associate Pastor, Living Word Christian Church; Chaplain, Evansville Police Department

“…an in-depth roadmap for transformation, but that transformation comes through a full understanding of the Gospel. Reading ‘Heavensville,’ our hearts were challenged to be agents of shalom, flourishing, and to let Jesus’ life overflow through us. This book encourages the reader to help to rewrite the DNA of our community.” — THE KANDEL SISTERS (Kris Schwambach, Karen Kizlin, Kathie Poe, Linda Mason), authors of Get on Your Knee Replacements and Pray

“What if the root cause of poverty has been our stinginess with the Gospel? ‘Heavensville’ breaks down the complex problem of poverty in our city, and points us towards the place where lives and society can change.” — GREG GRAHAM, Creative Director, Blue Grass UMC, Evansville

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5 Minutes In Poverty Walk-Thru Display

5 Minutes In Poverty Walk-Thru Display

…provides such clear examples of what poverty really looks like as well as ways we can effect change in our communities and these families that are closer to us than we may realize. – Jill

One of the biggest challenges to fighting poverty is understanding it.

For those of us who have not experienced the struggle of poverty, we simply don’t understand the realities that our neighbors in these circumstances are going through. Therefore, our view can be distorted by misconceptions and misinformation.

Those working to move out of poverty look a lot like us, but they also face unique challenges and choices.

To help us as a community better understand some of these unique challenges and choices, we’re introducing the 5 Minutes In Poverty walk-thru display.

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…provides real solutions to help bring about change for those in need. – James

This walk-thru display presents you with scenarios that a person in poverty might face, while providing solutions and action steps you can take to make a difference.

We’re going on tour with this display and would LOVE to bring it (for free) to your business, church, or organization!

Whether as an event we staff or a standalone piece available for employees or church members to walk by on their own time, this display is designed to be an engaging resource to help people learn about poverty and get involved in building a better Evansville.

Watch this video to learn more:

Contact us to learn how you can bring this display to the people you know.

P.S. – If you haven’t already, check out the 5 Minutes in Poverty playing card experience.

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5 Minutes In Poverty Playing Card Experience

5 Minutes In Poverty Playing Card Experience


…helped me to understand the hard choices that individuals living in poverty have to make. It was a great learning opportunity for my kids. – Doug


One of the biggest challenges to fighting poverty is understanding it.

For those of us who have not experienced the struggle of poverty, we simply don’t understand the realities that our neighbors in these circumstances are going through. Therefore, our view can be distorted by misconceptions and misinformation.

Those working to move out of poverty look a lot like us, but they also face unique challenges and choices.

To help us as a community better understand some of these unique challenges and choices, we’re introducing the 5 Minutes In Poverty playing card experience.


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It points out the ripple effects and impact from one critical decision to the next. – Terry

Each card presents you with a scenario that a person in poverty might face. Choice cards give you options as you continue on through the cards to see where decisions take you.



…almost every decision that has to be made leads to a negative outcome. – Jim

While not designed to be a “fun,” entertaining game, this experience will hopefully help you empathize and appreciate the struggle by making these difficult choices yourself as you play.

Here’s how to play:
1. Contact us to order a pack ($10/pack).
2. Schedule a tour where you can have the opportunity to play.

P.S. – If you haven’t already, check out the 5 Minutes in Poverty walk-thru display.

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