Catholic Charities Hosts Life Skills Series

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Life skills are important because they help us negotiate the demands and challenges of life. They help us secure our own well-being, succeed in life and become active and productive members of the community.

Life skills are often taught by parents, either indirectly through example, or directly with the purpose of teaching a specific skill. Parenting itself can be considered a life-skill. 

Sometimes, when families and relationships break down due to parental lapses, divorce, substance abuse or other risky behavior, or families grew up in completely different cultures, the opportunity to learn important life-skills that will help them to succeed in life are missed. For this reason, Catholic Charities offers several life-skills classes to fill in the gaps. Here is a list of upcoming classes. All classes are held at the Catholic Charities office at 705 Ballinger St in Garden City. Anyone is welcome to attend: 

August 20th

Essential Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Skills: 3:00 pm (English) and 4:00 pm (Somalian and Burmese) at the Catholic Charities office in Garden City (705 Ballinger St). Presented by K-State Research. Participants will develop skills related to food, nutrition, and physical activity with instruction and hands-on learning experiences related to food preparation, food safety, grocery budgeting and making healthful choices for nutrition and physical activity. The class is free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration is required. Call 620-272-0010 for more information. 

 

August 27th

US Laws & Policies: 4:00 pm (Somalian and Burmese) at the Catholic Charities office in Garden City (705 Ballinger St): "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." But what if you don't know what the Romans do? Many refugees and immigrants who are struggling to get on their feet do not know US Laws and Policies that are in place to protect them, and those around them. The Garden City Police Department will bridge the knowledge gap by covering topics such as child care and abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment, smoking restrictions, public intoxication, taxes (sales, property, vehicle, IRS, etc.), draft registration, and more. This workshop is free and open to the public, but it is primarily geared towards those in the refugee community. No RSVP or registration is required. Call 620-272-0010 for more information.

 

September 3rd 

Healthy Relations: 3:00 pm (English) and 4:00 pm (Somalian and Burmese) at the Catholic Charities office in Garden City (705 Ballinger St). This one-hour healthy relationship workshop will be cover how to communicate effectively with your spouse, loved one or child. Skills on the Speaker-Listener technique will be practiced in the group as well as "red flags" to watch out for when entering into a new relationship. The class is free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration is required. Call 620-272-0010 for more information.

 

September 17th 

Immigration Information: 4:00 pm (Somalian and Burmese) at the Catholic Charities office in Garden City (705 Ballinger St). Navigating government policies can be difficult under the best circumstances, and even more so when it's not your native country or language. Learn about the process that is required to obtain permanent resident and citizenship status. More specifically, we will go over the Employment Authorization Document, Citizenship and Naturalization services and procedures, family reunion procedures, and adjusting to permanent resident status. This workshop is free and open to the public, but it is primarily geared towards those in the refugee community. No RSVP or registration is required. For more information, contact Jessica Soto-Botello at 620-272-0010.

 

September 24th

Job- Ready Skills: 3:00 pm (English) and 4:00 pm (Somalian and Burmese) at the Catholic Charities office in Garden City (705 Ballinger St): Participants will learn how to search for jobs, create a solid resume, prepare for a good interview, dress for success, and more. The class is free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration is required. Call 620-272-0010 for more information.

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