A part of the Seton Center, Inc. in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Getting Ahead (GA) is an internationally recognized, 16-20 week program known for its interactive small group format. No one “teaches” you what you want to learn – you discover what’s best for you. GA helps low-income individuals build their resources needed for a better life.
On February 16, Seton Center was blessed and proud to share in the graduation of the second Getting Ahead with Seton Center group. Eight Investigators became graduates of this program that is changing future stories in northern Frederick County.
The graduation ceremony was well attended by community leaders, friends and families of the graduates. Each graduate was presented a graduation certificate and an official citation of achievement by Julianna Albowicz, a representative of Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s office. It was an evening full of excitement, opportunities and relationship building.
Getting Ahead with Seton Center has seen a total of 14 Investigators graduate since its beginning in 2015. As a result, we have seen these talented and amazing individuals take monumental steps towards their dreams. One graduate secured a good paying job and was able to purchase a vehicle. Another graduate recognized that the lack of public transportation was a particular hardship for low-income individuals in our area and initiated a petition for Frederick’s TransIT to add another stop in Emmitsburg. Yet another graduate started her own small business and is making huge strides towards self-sufficiency. Each of the graduates has grown in confidence and has built significant relationships that will help them reach their goals.
Released in early January, Aha!Process’ first national report of Getting Ahead outcomes tracked program Investigators have experienced a 62% reduction in the use of benefits, a 74% decrease in total debt, and a 38% increase in monthly income!
Seton Center is privileged to be a partner with the graduates as they achieve their aspirations and make our area a place where everyone can live well. The support of the community is vital to this program, and its Investigators, and we thank you for your partnership. Your meal donations, prayers, monetary contributions, time, effort and relationship building are a large part of what makes this program successful.
A third group of Investigators will begin their work in early April, however, applications for Investigators are always welcome for future groups. Our current funding (needed for books, incentives and meals) will see this third group through to graduation. But new funding sources are needed for the fourth group to begin sometime in September.
For More Information, visit the Seton Center Website or contact Facilitator Kelly Mays at 301-447-6102, ext. 17.