Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain


Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (GA) is an internationally recognized, 16-20 week program known for its interactive small group format. No one “teaches” you what you want to learn – you discover what’s best for you. Getting Ahead  helps individuals impacted by poverty to build their resources needed for a better life.

January 11 – 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Bridges to Sustainable Communities
This community workshop will provide an overview of the Bridges Out of Poverty concepts used by Seton Center in the Getting Ahead program for community leaders of all sectors. These concepts engage people and organizations from all classes, sectors and political persuasions to address the root causes of poverty. The goal of this workshop is for community leaders to collaborate, develop a structure and identify the first steps to make Bridges Out of Poverty a county-wide, comprehensive initiative that will serve the most vulnerable residents of Frederick County. Please RSVP to Chris Bugher at HELD AT FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

New groups form about twice a year, and we’re looking for more participants!

Donations of group meals are needed – please see details below.

The Getting Ahead curriculum:

  • Involves rigorous work done in a safe, kitchen-table style learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitators.
  • Enables participants, called “Investigators,” to examine their own experience of inadequate resources as well as explore issues in the community that impact success − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end the cycles of poverty.
  • Compensates Investigators for their time when they attend a weekly three-hour meeting.
  • Guides Investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Puts the concepts, tools and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

Group 4 Graduates August 6, 2018
Left to right: Co-Facilitator Brian Neville, Jessi Miller, Shawna Ruby, Nancy Allene Saxton, Co-Facilitator Kelly Overholtzer, Priscilla Bateman, Debbie Arnold, Michael Legenzov, Chastity Henning, Makeba McCrary. (Not pictured, Willy Ngiratraol and Co-Facilitator Missy Shank)

Click here to catch a glimpse of Getting Ahead news coverage on I-270 News of WHAG TV.

Are you tired of just getting by? Ready to start getting ahead? Applications are now being accepted. Click here to print, fill out the brief application on the back of the GA brochure and return it to Facilitator Kelly Overholtzer at Seton Center at 226 East Lincoln Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

If you’d like to support the Investigators and be part of their long-term, sustainable growth, opportunities include:

  • Donations of incentive gift cards in increments of $30.
  • Investigator sponsorship of $600 covers the curriculum books and graduation materials. Click here for easy, on-line giving.
  • Home-cooked or take-out evening meals. For convenient on-line sponsorship, click here to visit Or you may call us.

For more information, to express interest in participating or providing a meal, click here to send a message or call Kelly Overholtzer at 301-447-6102 x 17.

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