United Way’s THRIVE Network Opens Elwood Office

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THRIVE Network coaches are now available at Elwood’s HOPE Center, 208 S. Anderson Street, Elwood, Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m. and by appointment by calling 765-201-4417. THRIVE, United Way of Madison County’s (UWMC) network of bundled services, works with individuals to increase their capacity to earn and build assets. “We have been working to establish a regular presence in the northern part of the county for a while, and are very happy to be part of the centralized services located in the HOPE Center,” said Karen Hemberger, UWMC vice president of impact.

THRIVE clients work with coaches in the areas of income supports, employment, financial and family support to develop goals and a plan toward achieving financial stability over a period of months or longer. “The specific plans are as varied as the people,” said Hemberger.

Initially, potential clients meet with an Income Supports Coach to assess their current needs and connect them to appropriate benefits and supports. Meetings with Employment and Financial coaches follow. Employment coaching assesses educational and training needs, and assists clients with resumes, interviewing and job searches. Financial coaching provides assistance with budgeting, credit and debt counseling, and building savings toward larger goals such as education and home ownership.

Family Support Coaching is available for clients with young children and focuses on child development, connection to quality childcare, parent-child relationships and problem solving. UWMC also works closely with childcare providers across the county to enhance high quality early childhood education with its Born Learn Connection programming.

The THRIVE Network launched in August 2016 with seven partners: The Anderson Impact Center and PathStone, who together operate the THRIVE Center at 610 Nichol Avenue, Anderson; Alternatives, Inc., Aspire Indiana, CASA, Dove Harbor and House of Hope (partner through May of 2017). UWMC will open a new grant cycle in January for organizations to apply to join the Network.

“The leadership of UWMC took a stand to make a lasting impact for the people we seek to serve through this innovative and collaborative approach to services,” said UWMC President Nancy Vaughan. “We weren’t sure how it would be received, but we were sure it was worth our investment and support.  Happily, response has far exceeded our expectations and our challenge now is to build our capacity to meet the need.”

UWMC is currently conducting its annual campaign to support THRIVE, Born Learning, 211, Friend to Friend Utility Assistance and other basic services across the county. To donate, go to unitedwaymadisonco.org/give or call 765-643-7493.