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life skills

At COM, we believe that life is a continual journey of learning. No matter who you are, we all have areas where we can grow. Every week, Project Thrive offers a different class to our partners to learn new skills and tricks for improving financial, social, and physical wellness. Even better, those who successfully complete classes can earn bonus points for use in the food pantry. Check out this month's classes below and sign up here!

You may only sign up for a max of 2 classes per month so that we have enough class spaces for everyone to attend a class.

Pantry shoppers can earn 30 bonus points for shopping in the food pantry by taking the "Parenting Wisely" online course through Community Connections. This course is designed for improving your parenting skills with either teens or young children. Parents can sign up for this online course for FREE through one of the following locations.

OACAC, 417-326-7250


Carol Bookhout, Polk Co. Health Center, 417-326-6276

Course participants will receive a certificate upon completion and can present this certificate to Project Thrive staff at COM to earn an additional 30 shopping points.

September Classes

Saving Seeds

Tues, Sep 26th, 4:00 PM

Thurs, Sep 28th, 8:00 AM

Sat, Sep 30th, 8:00 AM

Learning to save seeds from your garden veggies or even from grocery store produce is a great way to save money for future gardening and start growing your own food.

Pumpkin Seeds

october Classes


Tues, Oct 3rd, 4:00 PM

Sat, Oct 21st, 8:00 AM

Tues, Oct 24th, 4:00 PM

Take a look at where your money is going and set a plan to start this month.

Working with Financial Documents

Winterizing Your Home

Thurs, Oct 5th, 8:00 AM

Sat, Oct 14th, 8:00 AM

Winter is coming! Learn how to seal cracks, leaks, and prepare for the cold to save money on heat and avoid damage.

Blue House

Medicare/Medicaid Updates

Sat, Oct 7th, 8:00 AM

Tues, Oct 10th, 4:00 PM

Thurs, Oct 26th, 8:00 AM

This is for those who have either Medicare or Medicaid benefits. There are major changes coming and Karen Corey has all the updates. 

Doctor Holding Patient's Hand

Holloman Care Companies

Thurs, Oct 12th, 8:00 AM

Come learn about Medicaid Consumer-directed Services as the receiver of that benefit or as a caregiver.

Medical form with stethoscope

Cooking Class

Tues, Oct 17th, 4:00 PM

Thurs, Oct 19th, 8:00 AM

This class shows you how to cook with foods that are in the pantry from USDA. Come and learn how to make your food budget go further.


Finding Your Joy

Sat, Oct 28th, 8:00 AM

Tues, Oct 31st, 4:00 PM

Take a trip to find where joy comes from, even in the midst of trials and hard times.

Happy Teens

Additionally, you can check out these short online courses to learn additional tips and tricks:

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