Annual Events

January and February - 1st and 3rd Thursdays - Conversations

March 21, 2020 - Party Gras (fabulous annual fundraiser) 

March thru August - 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays - Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop

March thru August - every Thursday - Getting Ahead Workshop

August thru February (1 1/2 years) - Survive, Strive, Thrive and Teams

No upcoming events.

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Poverty Simulation - Another event coming soon!

Open to all adults and high schooler's who are interested in getting a small taste of what it's like to live in poverty. 

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families.  But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand.  The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding.  CAPS is an interactive immersion experience.  It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.  CAPS is not a game.  It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.

In the simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty.  The task of the "families" is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute "weeks".

Pre-registration is appreciated.  Supper 5:30-6pm. Simulation starts at 6pm and ends about 8pm. 

Childcare is NOT available. If needed, your child(ren) may accompany you as long as they stay with you the entire time and are not disruptive. Please use your judgement.

Save this Date!


Party Gras Annual Fundraiser -March 21, 2020

Join us for a night out on the town!  Live music entertainment with dueling pianos!  Catered meal! Bead game and raffles! Absolutely a blast!

Limited number of tickets available so get yours early!

Weekly Events In a Snapshot

Thursday nights

Thrive! meets on Thursday evenings, starting with supper at 5:45pm and workshops at 6:30pm. Meals and childcare are free to all participants. Location is Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton, Kansas.


Every Thursday

Individuals in poverty - Leaders - meet weekly for 6 months to explore where they are, where they want to be, and how to get there. Graduates then work towards those goals for the next 1 1/2 years in classes and with mentors.

1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays

Mentors - Allies - meet on the odd Thursdays for 6 months to learn about the realities of poverty and how to walk along side a Leader.  Teams will then meet together for 1 1/2 years to work towards the Leader's goals.


The start of new classes each year! Join a new group of Leaders or Allies and experience the journey for the next two years.

Kids Thrive!

Open to all 1st-8th graders of Leaders, Allies, and volunteers on Thursday nights.   

Pre-enrollment required.

Help with homework and fun educational activities.


Open to children 0-5 year olds of Leaders, Allies, and volunteers on Thursday nights. Reservations are required with the deadline being the Sunday night before.