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

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Coming Together
to Get Ahead

   A St. Vincent de Paul Mentoring Program


Taking a New Look at Poverty Training!
                                 Can we really end poverty?  This may be a start!

See poverty through a new lens by attending this special 2-day eye opening event.  It is important to be present both days to receive the full training.
Everyone is welcome!

When:   August 20 (Part I)
August 21 (Part II)

Where: St. Dominic Catholic Church
                18255 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield
Time:    7:30 am registration & breakfast – 8:00 am start – 11:30 conclusion (both days)

Click here to Register Now!

Next Mentor Training will be announced soon!

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

Facilitator (2-part webinar) Training Dates!

July 8 -and- July 15
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-by World” program is a critical foundation for the Society’s mentoring program for individuals on the challenging journey out of poverty.  Register using the link below if you wish to be trained as a facilitator for the Getting Ahead program.  Our next quarterly webinar will be July 8 & 15, 5:00-8:30pm, Central time.

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 Out of Poverty” and “Bridges to Sustainable Communities” and having copies of the Getting Ahead Facilitator Notes and Getting Ahead Investigator workbooks used in the webinar (and in the program itself).

These two-part webinars are free of charge.

Contact the SVDP Waukesha Council Office to check out the four prerequisite  Bridges Out of Poverty  books  You may wish to order the books from aha Process, Inc!  Go to their online store at

To register for one of these webinars, go to

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

Dr. Lance McCarthy
National Director of Poverty Programs

Second “Getting Ahead” Graduation held on May 28th!
Congratulations CTGA Participants!   

CTGA is pleased to announce that eight investigators have completed the second Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By- World a Ahead Workshop.  On May 28, 2015 Waukesha Area Technical College was the site of the second Getting Ahead in Just Gettin’-By-World graduation.

Nicole Gahagan, WCTC Vice President and Director of Student Services served as one of the speakers for this special gathering.

Beth Norris, Operations Coordinator Department of Workforce Development, also offered congratulations.  Mentors of the graduations were on hand to celebrate and offer further support.

Graduates and mentors will continue to meet to work on individual and community plans.

We are currently interested in speaking with anyone interested in being a part of the third workshop.  Space is limited so call now to speak to CTGA program volunteers.

CTGA Office: 262.547.0654 Email:


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

Use the link below to listen to Steve talk about Coming Together to Get Ahead and SVdP.


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. Below are a couple of current opportunities:

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 – To be announced
• Location - To be announced
• 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.

CTGA Volunteer Team Leader – Child Care

The Volunteer Team Leader – Child Care will work with the CTGA Program Manager in managing the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World CTGA workshop details each time it is presented. The Volunteer Support Team Coordinator will manage the child care aspect of the workshop.
Specific duties:
• The lead child care provider will be recruited by the Program Manager.
• Recruit and schedule assistant volunteer child care providers for 16-20 weeks of the workshop session.
• Working with the Program Manager, determine the number and ages of children needing child care for each session.
• Work with the lead child care provider to determine age appropriate equipment (games, toys, etc.) for the session.
• Replenish supplies as needed.
• Be available to lead child care provider, as needed, for additional planning as the workshop progresses.
   Working together with the CTGA team, this volunteer will be contributing much to the success of the program.

For more information on any of these volunteer positions 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)