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Together with peers and partners, they learn how to budget, use vital resources, build relationships, and pursue their big dreams. They ask questions, learn from one another, and make changes that lead to giant steps forward. Watch this short documentary and witness the trials, tribulations, successes, and setbacks, about four real people from our community who have utilized GAIN Initiative and its resources to move forward.
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As volunteers, staff, clients, and donors of the ECLC, we are working to build an Evansville with less poverty, stronger families, and more Jesus. We do this by helping people move from need toward their potential.
Many of our neighbors (including those we see regularly at the ECLC) have health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Unfortunately, they are often ill-equipped with the education, resources, and experience to both choose and prepare healthy foods which could help these health issues. Therefore, the food they eat is often making them sicker.
Symptoms and effects of these health issues decrease their mobility, ability to work, and access to resources and relationships. These are hurting their overall quality of life and creating additional barriers keeping them from moving toward their potential.
Picture a senior on social security, without the physical ability to work and provide for themselves. They are often living on approximately $350 per month in social security and receive less than $20 per month in SNAP food benefits. With rent (even subsidized at 30% of their income) and utilities, they can be stuck in their circumstances.
The food they eat, which is both familiar and more affordable, is often hurting their situation. However, on such a limited budget, it is risky for them to experiment with new, more expensive, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Without prior exposure to or experience preparing these foods, it is unlikely that they will choose new, healthier options.
This need for healthy food education and experience is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life for our neighbors.
Food Nutrition Cohorts:
We’re excited to announce that we are working to offer new Food Nutrition Cohorts (healthy cooking and education group classes). In these relationally-based, multi-week cohorts, participants will:
Experience hands-on learning about healthy foods, recipes, and practices in our kitchen
Help prepare and sample the food each week
Participate in choosing the ingredients
Work with a trained facilitator who will equip them with both knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and prepare healthy, delicious food at home using ingredients and tools they have access to
Build positive relationships that help them move from need toward their potential
We’re working toward a tentative goal of launching these cohorts on Fridays in early 2021.
As we transition, we will no longer be serving meals on Fridays as of this March (2020).
This will allow our team the opportunity to:
Plan for the program’s long-term success
And work to help clients who utilize our hot meal program on Fridays transition to find other resources to meet their needs
A Healthier Community:
Because health plays such a key role in the overall quality of life for our clients and our community, the opportunity to provide both nutrition education and experience for our neighbors can mean a major difference in the trajectory of their health, quality of life, and ability to move toward their potential. As they move forward, the overall health of our community increases as well.
This is a key resource needed for those on their journey out of poverty. We believe it is one more step toward a community with less poverty, stronger families, and more Jesus.
If you are interested in helping support this initiative as a volunteer or donor, please contact us at restoringpeople.com or 812.423.9222.
When you think about Evansville, do you see hope or despair?
Do you want to make a difference, but the problems seem too big and you don’t even know where to start?
In The Community I See, Gina Gibson, ECLC’s Executive Director, takes you on a journey to look at some of the problems plaguing Evansville. Along the way, she confronts misconceptions, offers new perspectives, and shares a vision of hope.
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Here’s what some of your neighbors are saying about the book:
“…a wake-up call for how the greater community can build up, not only our city’s most vulnerable, but at the same time, the entire city.” – Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor, City of Evansville
“A fresh and inspired vision of what real transformation in Evansville requires.” – Ross Chapman, city convener
“…an appeal for cooperation to problem solve real life issues. If churches and community organizations would lay aside differences and link resources and outreaches, more people would be truly helped out of poverty.” – Dave Schwambach, Pastor, Bethel Church
“An honest, practical and unapologetically hope-filled blueprint for building a better Evansville.” – Bob Jones, CEO, Old National Bancorp
“…does a very good job in helping us understand that the key to meeting these needs and becoming an even greater community is to have a partnering mindset and focus on the potential of each person.” – Carl Chapman, CEO, Vectren Corporation
“…incredibly transparent, insightful and hopeful all at the same time.” – Janet Heldt Baas, President, Old National Bank Foundation
“An excellent map for those who also are choosing to transform their community by being a great neighbor.” – Jamie Levy, President and Director of Vision, JDLevy & Associates