ESL CLASSES
Part of the reason some women and their children are struggling financially and/or academically is a lack of English skills. Many of the women we are fortunate to serve have limited funds, resources, and English skills, and are not able to advocate for themselves or their children.  We offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to improve the ability to speak, listen, read, and write in English.
We offer four different levels each semester taught by nurturing volunteers.  Classes are offered either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, depending on the level.

BRIGHT FUTURES PROGRAM
PLH gives mothers the tools they need to become independent and self-sufficient. These ladies receive classes on financial literacy, goal setting, time management, and job/college readiness. Our Bright Futures program’s end-goal is to get mothers into college or career placements, as well as to help them take charge of their finances and time management. We deliver these quality programs through partnerships with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). We walk hand-in-hand for an entire year as the Lord uses this program to empower these mothers to succeed.
Bright Futures classes are Fridays from 9 – 10:15 (starting October 6, 2017).

PARENTING PROGRAM (Happy Mom’s Group) 
We partner with Methodist Children’s Home and Presbyterian Children’s Home to provide the following programs on Fridays from 10:30 – 12:30 during our fall and spring semesters:
Nurturing Parenting™ programs  These programs are a family-centered, trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. The long-term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of teenage pregnancies, juvenile delinquency and alcohol/drug abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®)  TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection between mother and child.

BIBLE STUDY (ENGLISH/SPANISH)
Bible study is facilitated by our Executive Director and our dedicated volunteer Yaneth. It is an English and Spanish Bible study led in a way that lets Jesus be the teacher through reading and discovering God’s word. We read the passages in English and Spanish and we ask 5 questions:

– What do you see God saying or see about God in general through this passage? (ex., “He is so patient and loving.”)
– What do you think He is saying to you in general terms? (ex., “I need to be more patient and loving.”)
– Specifically what is He talking about with you? (Ex., “I seem to always get mad and yell at my children. I’m very short-tempered, especially with my son. I feel like the Lord would like me to try and see my son as He sees him.”)
– How can you be obedient to what you feel He has said to your heart? (ex., “I am going to read the passage we read in the morning each day this week, and before bed I am going to journal about how I saw myself being more patient with my son that day.”)
– Who can you share this passage with this week? (Ex., “I’m going to share it with my sister.”)

We then do prayer requests and close with prayer. The following week we open with joys from the week (Ex., “How did we see the Lord working?”) and accountability questions (“Who did what they felt the Lord asked them to do, and how did it go?” and “Who shared the passage with someone?”).