St. Vincent Waukesha County

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Waukesha County, Inc. 818 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI 53189

Coming Together to Get Ahead


    Coming Together to Get Ahead

A St. Vincent de Paul Mentoring Program



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The 4th Getting Ahead Workshop Graduation

April 27, 2016
Pictures of the CTGA graduates from workshop #4 with SVDP Waukesha Council President Zoltan Eszes. As you can tell from the pictures, one of our graduates could not make the graduation ceremony because he was working on-site at his construction job.

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5th CTGA Workshop to Begin September 7, 2016 in Waukesha

The 5th CTGA Getting Ahead Workshop will be starting this September.  If you want to know how you can refer someone to be an investigator who will participate in this workshop or how you can join our volunteer community efforts to help support this new class of investigators, please contact Mary Clare Carlson at 262-765-0744 for more details.

Interested in Mentoring?

Training is provided!
For details, please call Mary Clare at 262-547-0654.

Childcare Needs for Wednesday Evening Workshop Sessions

One paid position as a lead childcare provider is available.   Contact Pennie Morris at 262.599.1465 to learn more.

Child Care Volunteers  

We are looking for volunteers to assist with child care for the children of CTGA participants. We will have one constant child care supervisor, but will need a minimum of two people at all times. Experience preferred. Volunteers are welcome to attend the meal prior to child care start time. Details below:

• Location – 1st United Methodist Church, Waukesha
• Child care hours will be: 6:30-9:15PM
• Workshop meets every Wednesday
• Volunteer for one night or more!
If you, or anyone you know are looking for an opportunity to help someone to a better life, please call 262-599-1465.

New CTGA Getting Ahead Alumni Group

The Getting Ahead Bridge was a great success in May. During those four weeks, 10 graduates met to improve their Future Story Plans by adding action steps that will help them to reach their goal of more self-directed and financially self-sufficient life. Their mentors participated as well. All of this is leading to an on-going Getting Ahead Alumni Group that will be meeting the second Wednesday of every month, beginning June 8th.  Call Mary Clare at 262-547-0654 for more details.

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Facilitator Training (2-part webinar)

Date to be announced soon!

The “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World” program is a critical foundation for theSociety’s mentoring program for individuals on the challenging journey out of poverty.

Prerequisites for this training include having viewed the Systemic Change Overview presentation and the 7-DVD set of Bridges Out of Poverty…read the books, “Bridges Outof Poverty” and “Bridges to Sustainable Communities” and having copies of the Getting Ahead Facilitator Notes and Getting Ahead Investigator workbooks used in thewebinar (and in the program itself).

These two-part webinars are free of charge.To order the four prerequisite Bridges Out of Poverty books from aha Process, Inc! go to their online store at  or contact the Waukesha Coming Together to Get Ahead office at 262.547.0654.

Additional pre-reading and information on how to connect to the webinar will be provided one week in advance of the first session.

To register for the facilitator training, click here.


Volunteer Opportunities

How can You Help?

If you would like to be a part of ending poverty in our community you might consider:

  • Provide a Meal
    A big part of our program is to build meaningful relationships and what better way than to dine together?  At the onset of each workshop session a dinner is served.
    We are looking for groups of 4-8 people to serve as Volunteer Meal Teams to sponsor, prepare, serve and clean up the meal prior to the CTGA classroom portion of the program.
    We also invite, welcome and encourage the Meal Teams to dine and share in fellowship with the workshop participants.
    CTGA Meal Teams can be youth groups, businesses, families, churches/church groups or any group that is interested.
    CTGA Meal Guidelines 2015-2016
  • Volunteer as an assistant child care provider during each workshop session.
  • Consider asking CTGA leaders to provide a poverty training at your workplace or club.

Just call give us a call and we can work out the details. Contact Pennie Morris CTGA Event Coordinator to learn more!  262-599-1465.


Former Council President, Steve Cigich, was a guest on the radio program, Living Our Faith, hosted by Archbishop Jerome Listecki on December 5, 2014.

Click the arrow on the recording bar below to
learn about the Coming Together to Get Ahead Program!


Frequently Asked Questions


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In Romans, St. Paul writes: “…may you abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” When Vincentians encounter Christ in our home visits and service to the needy in our communities we are inspired to put God’s hope into action through charity and justice. Through mentoring, we will walk with individuals on their self-directed journey out of poverty. Through advocacy and collaboration, we will remove barriers and create strong, sustainable communities. Together through Hope in Action, we will work to end poverty by creating systemic change one person, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”

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