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



Taking a New Look at Poverty Training

Attend this eye-opening poverty training and you will learn about poverty through an economic lens.  You will also gain a better understanding of the reality of living in poverty and how empowerment can change the life of individuals and change communities.

Join others in your community!

When:   Saturday, May 14, 2016

Where: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2016 Center Rd, Waukesha Time:

7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
               8:00 am – 3:00 pm Training Session

Lunch is provided.

Register here!

Facilitator Training (2-part webinar)

When:  Part I – Monday, June 6, 2016
Time:   11:00 am – 2:30pm
Part II – Monday, June 13, 2016
Time:   10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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. 

Future Facilitator Trainings ….

Tuesday, September 6, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday, September 13, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday, December. 10, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New Getting Ahead Workshop

The 4thd Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World will began 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 workshop concludes April 27, 2015.

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

 “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.

Click the arrow on the recording bar below to
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 19, 2015
• 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.

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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