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


Mentor Training Saturday, December 5, 2015

(Rescheduled from November 21)

Give thanks for your gifts this Thanksgiving through mentoring.  Attend CTGA Mentor Training!

When:  Saturday, December 5

Where: St. Vincent De Paul Office
818 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha

Time:   7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Start
1:00 pm Conclusion

Sharing the gifts you have received to live a successful life is the best way to demonstrate your gratitude. Pass on the support you have received from family and friends by being a mentor to someone who wants to change.  By participating in Mentor Training, you will open the door to becoming a mentor. You will learn more about mentoring and whether you will want to support a person who wants to change. Coming Together to Get Ahead offers this opportunity to you.

If you are interested in being a CTGA mentor and have already attended a Poverty Training this is for you!

Register here!

Taking a New Look at Poverty Training – January 16, 2016

Can we really end poverty?  This may be a start!

See poverty through a new lens by attending this special event:

When:   Saturday, January 16, 2016
Where:  Mukwonago Public Library
511 Division St.

Time:     7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
                8:00 am – 3:00 pm session
                (Lunch is provided)  

Register here!

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Facilitator (2-part webinar) – Dates to be announced

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.

New Getting Ahead Workshop

The 4thd Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World will begin January 19, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave. and continues for 16 weeks.  In the workshop participants assess their own situation and figure what needs to change to achieve a more stable life. Mentors provide the support needed to think about and make lasting change.

An evening meal, child care and a stipend are provided.

The dates will be:
Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday January 20, Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday January 27 and every Wednesday thereon until concluding on April 27, 2015.

Contact Mary Clare Carlson, CTGA Program Manager to learn more!  262-547-0654.

How can You Help?

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

  • being an assistant child care provider during each workshop session
  • with your own small group, providing a evening meal for workshop participants
  • asking CTGA to provide a poverty training at your workplace or club

Just call give us a call and we can work out the details.

 “Getting Ahead” Graduates!  What are they up to? 

Graduates continue to meet twice a month. One meeting is devoted to work on individual plans and the other centers on the Waukesha community.  Graduates are inviting community representatives to share their perspectives and possible resources. Organizations lined up to speak include James Place, the Workforce Development Center and the County Executive’s Office. The mentors are a part of these meetings at least once a month. 


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

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learn about the Coming Together to Get Ahead Program!


Volunteers Needed!

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the poor, but don’t feel called to be a  mentor or a facilitator? CTGA has many other volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you.

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:
• Workshop date – September 1, 2015
• Location – 1st United Methodist Church, Waukesha
• Child care hours will be: 6:30-9:15PM
• Workshop meets every Thursday evening and an occasional Tuesday
• 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 262-547-0654.

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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.”

(Please check this page often for updates)