The Lord is using this ministry to empower women and their children to help overcome language barriers and financial, career and parenting challenges.  We also get to know Him more through weekly Bible studies.

The following classes are offered by Pamper Lake Highlands:

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 am to 11 am, depending on the level.

 

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Many families struggle financially, in part because they don’t know how to manage their finances.  Through our partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, our mothers are learning the fundamentals of budgeting, opening a bank account, saving and investing, and more.

 

 

JOB AND COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

Our classes assist ladies with resume writing, interviewing, social skills, time management and college applications.  They also learn other skills that help them succeed in the workplace, such as learning how to get promoted and how to identify and meet or even exceed workplace expectations.

A partnership with Richland College and a grant from State Farm is allowing 8 of the 10 women in the program in the 2016-2017 school year to work on their CDA (Childhood Development Associate) certification at no cost to them.

 

PARENTING PROGRAM (Happy Mom’s Group) 

We partner with Methodist Children’s Home and Presbyterian Children’s Home to provide two different classes on Fridays from 10:30 – noon 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

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:

  1. What do you see God saying or see about God in general through this passage? (ex., “He is so patient and loving.”)
  2. What do you think He is saying to you in general terms? (ex., “I need to be more patient and loving.”)
  3. 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.”)
  4. 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.”)
  5. 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?”).