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Join Us for weekly Life Skills Classes that cover more than simply employment skills.
Learn new Skills and Tricks to save money and get healthy.
Earn bonus points to use in COM's food pantry!

Apply to become a student, or help as a mentor:

What the program provides students:

  • Soft skills classes (9 weeks)

  • A mentor to assist both during and after the program

  • Practice applying and interviewing for jobs

  • Guaranteed job interview upon graduation

  • Job search assistance

  • Computer skills training

  • Work experience and feedback

  • $20 Gift card

Addressing underemployment, one life at a time.

Recognizing that one of the drivers of poverty is unemployment and underemployment, Project Thrive is an "on-ramp" to better employment for individuals in our community.

Unfortunately, many obstacles exist to finding or keeping meaningful employment. Furthermore, many of us grew up in environments where basic life skills and soft skills were never taught. That's where Project Thrive comes in. We not only teach these necessary skills in a friendly, group setting, but also help students see a vision and hope for their future.

Over the course of 10 weeks, students take classes on life & employment skills, dig deep into their passions and gifts, get opportunities to practice those skills through volunteering at COM in real-world work settings, practice applying and interviewing for jobs, and ultimately are connected with local businesses in search of workers.

Another key part of this program is pairing up every student with a mentor. This mentor serves as a cheerleader to encourage and motivate the student to reach their full potential. The program is not about telling students what to do, but rather working with students to empower them to accomplish the employment goals that work best for their life.

Email the Project Thrive Coordinator at or call 417-326-2769 ext 1505 for additional information about the program and how to get involved. A one-time $20 fee is required to start classes.


This program is supported in part by an Americorps VISTA grant.

Home Buying 101

Tues, April 25th 4:00 PM

Thurs, April 27th 8:00 AM

A huge misconception is that you can’t buy a home because of low credit scores and low income. Learn how to buy a home that could be more affordable than renting.

Buying a House

Budgeting and Spending Leaks 

Sat, April 29th 8:00 AM

The key to any financial stability starts with spending within your limits. A budget can help you not only make ends meet, but save money for wants as well. Learn how.

Credit Card

Intro to Sewing 

Thurs, April 20th 8:00 AM Sat, April 22 8:00 AM

Throwing away clothes after finding a hole or tear is expensive. Learn how to sew and repair clothing to extend the life of your clothes.

Man Sewing

Good Habits

Tues, April 4th 4:00 PM Sat, April 22nd 8:00 AM

This class teaches the habits for a meaningful and balanced life. It will lead to meeting your goals.

Smiling Teenage Boy

Saving Money While Driving

Sat, April 1st 8:00 AM Thurs, April 6th 8:00 AM

A car is an important tool for daily living, but it can also be expensive. Learn tips to easily save money based on your driving habits.


Food Safety 

Tues, April 18h 4:00 PM

Thurs, April 20th 8:00 AM

Food-born illnesses can be very unpleasant or even dangerous. Learn how to stay safe while storing or cooking food.

Boxed Food

Stress and Time Management 

 Tues, April 11th 4:00 PM

Stress and time is a key to healthy living. This class will help you with Tues, April 11th 4:00 PM

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