The First Steps to Self-Sufficiency program offers families assistance by providing them the resources needed to reach self-sufficiency.

This program has been custom designed based on UETHDA’s outcome based approach to helping neighbors.


The speakers at each class are experts in their fields and will provide helpful

information to the students to help them reach their goals.

Income Management
Financial Literacy

The working poor are people who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force (that is, working or looking for work) but whose incomes still fell below the official poverty level. Obtaining self sufficiency begins with income management and financial literacy.

Mental Health
and Parenting

The mental health of parents and children is connected in many ways. Parents often have their own mental health challenges may have more difficulty providing care for their child

GED and Secondary
Ed. Opportunities

Education can open the door to jobs, resources, and skills that help a person thrive. An estimated 420 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all adults completed secondary education.


What does it mean when an employer offers a living wage? A living wage is defined as the minimum amount an employee needs to earn to meet basic needs, such as food, housing, and transportation.

Ongoing Support

After graduation, there will be on-going support for the students to help them along their path. The First Steps to Self-Sufficiency classes will be offered throughout our service area and are free of charge.


For more information text or call Kylie Sutherland,
First Steps Coordinator

“If I had known this stuff earlier – I would have done it earlier. Wish I had known this when I got out of high school. I found out I’m a people helper! Didn’t know about the resources.”  


Self-Sufficiency Program Graduate