Life Skills Courses

Liberty House is dedicated to helping our program participants make changes in their lives. We educate them on empowerment, and how to utilize and develop the proper tools to make a positive impact. Listed below are some of the Life Skills Courses that are taught.

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View this month's offerings, and call Sarah Logue to register at 570-322-4637 ext .151

Budgeting and Budgeting Lab

One of the most important aspects of becoming self-sufficient is to learn how to maintain and create a budget. The two-part class, each held once a month, teaches our residents how to do so. The Budgeting class focuses on different aspects of budgeting, while the Budgeting Lab is a drop-in class, with a hands-on learning component in order to show residents how to make a budget themselves. These classes are held once monthly.

Creative Coping

At Liberty House, we acknowledge that homelessness can be a traumatic experience. This class seeks to teach our residents how to cope with trauma in a variety of ways including painting, deep breathing, meditation, and more. This class is taught once monthly and lasts 1-2 hours.

Empowered Decision-Making:

Grounded in “choice theory” this class asks participants to take a look at their decision-making processes. The hope is that by examining the processes that allowed them to make the decisions that led them to this place will help them to move from being reactive and impulsive to being proactive and thinking critically. This class is taught once monthly and will cover six lessons.

Renter’s Certification:

One of the most common reasons for homelessness that we see is eviction. This class aims to teach participants what can make them a responsible renter, as well as how to address problems in their history that may be impacting their ability to find a rental today. This classes is offer once monthly in a two-hour session.

Healthy Relationships:

Approximately 80% of the women who enter our program have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes. This class gives a basic overview of what a healthy versus unhealthy relationship looks likes, and how they recognize red flags for abuse in their future relationships. This class is taught one time per quarter (July, October, December) by our Community Educator.

Financial Empowerment:

Funded by the Allstate Foundation, this class addresses two of the biggest reasons why women return to or remain in abusive relationships: lack of financial resources and lack of financial knowledge. This five-part class address everything from budgeting to retirement planning in the hope that we can help women work to gain control of their financial resources. Although this class is directed at survivors of domestic violence, anyone needing additional financial knowledge will find it helpful. Offered once monthly in a one-hour session.

Career Empowerment:

The Career Empowerment Curriculum was designed by Women Employed and The Allstate Foundation particularly for survivors of domestic violence, to help them feel safe and confident throughout the process of getting a job, to help them elevate their thinking from "just getting a job" to "starting a career," and to do so in a way that fully acknowledges the particular challenges that survivors often face. The curriculum refers to many different career types - blue collar and white collar - and is relevant for survivors with any skill set. Although this class is directed at survivors of domestic violence, anyone needing additional financial knowledge will find it helpful. Offered once monthly in a one-hour session.

Personal Empowerment:

This class serves as a support group for women who have experienced trauma in their lives. Sessions are facilitated by the Adult/Child Advocate from Wise Options. Through a series of activities we help to lead women to a place where they feel strong and empowered. Offered twice monthly in one-hour sessions.

Workplace Basics:

This four part class attempts to educate participants on some of the more intangible skills necessary to be a good employee. Classes cover a wide variety of topics, including communication, being a good work neighbor, dress codes, workplace conflict, and many more. Offered once monthly in one hour sessions.

Essential Life Skills:

Based on the book, Mind in the Making, this claims aims to help participants develop what the author calls the 7 Essential Life Skills: focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed learning. Offered once monthly in one-hour sessions.

Adult Bullying:

When we think “bully” we often think of kids on schoolyard, but more and more adults are being bullies and being bullied. This class will walk participants through what it means to experience bullying as an adult either at home or in the workplace, and how they can handle an adult tormentor. Offered once per quarter in a one-hour session.

Please contact Tara Day at 570-322-4637 ext 117 48 hours in advice to register for classes.

Liberty House also partners with outside agencies, helping our participants identify diverse resources for their individual needs.