of Putnam County, Indiana
Transformers is a coalition of people, faith-based communities and agencies in Putnam County who empower neighbors to transform from poverty to self-sufficiency. We encourage these neighbors to build new resources through compassionate relationships using a variety of programs. Transformers is an outreach of Gobin church that is growing county wide. We support these programs:
Getting Ahead: Adults transforming through Self-Evaluation
This 8 week work group gives low-income neighbors tools and time to evaluate where they are and where they want to be. Relationships and resources are built that lead to a new plan for the future called a “future story.”
TALKS Youth Mentoring: Youth transforming through building relationships
Young people are paired with adult volunteers (some DePauw students) through their county schools and meet weekly in a structured program to increase professional skills. The goal is greater success in their schooling, which can yield greater success in their future jobs and in service to their community.
Women’s Prison Education: Incarcerated women transforming through education
Volunteers teach classes from pre-college through post-graduate in the Indianapolis Women’s Prison to prepare students for a “future story” (or new beginning) when they get out.
In Putnam County approximately 50% of our children are on free and reduced lunch. About 20% are food insecure. Poverty is growing in our county. The average income in 2014 was $31,500 while the living wage is calculated at $35,700. Historically in our community, we have lived in silos where those of middle class and wealth have failed to recognize the plight of the working poor. Our goal is to bring all to the decision making table so that we can solve this growing problem of poverty in our community. Too often, the “haves” have made the decisions, passed judgements, and served, making those with less feel powerless and dependent.
In addition to your donations, Transformers is funded by a grant from the Putnam County Community Foundation.
“All of you should be exceptionally proud of the wonderful work that is happening in the community thanks to all of your energy and perseverance. Thank you for all that all of you have done to make Greencastle a better place.” -Sue Murray, Former Greencastle Mayor