Self Sufficiency Programs

Training for Future Success

Project Independence

What is the Project Independence Program?

Project Independence is a mentoring program which helps low-income families in Kosciusko County achieve economic independence.

The long-term goal of the program is to help clients develop the skills necessary to secure productive employment, and eliminate all need for financial assistance from private or governmental resources.

Eligibility for the Project Independence Program:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Single or two parent family either pregnant or with children currently in custody
  • Resident of Kosciusko County
  • Applying to the program of their own free will
  • Free from any permanent mental or physical disability which prohibits maintaining employment
  • Willing to participate fully in an educational or job training program
  • Committed to working with Project Independence in order to complete a step-by-step, individualized program designed to achieve economic independence
  • Income eligible

For information on Project Independence, please call Sabrina Phillips at 574-269-7379 or email


What is the Hand-Up Program?

The Hand-Up Program provides guidance to those looking to make significant life changes, such as securing employment or continuing education. The goal of the program is to bring individuals experiencing a crisis to stability.

The Hand-Up Program was created to help give people a hand-up, not just a hand out.

Eligibility for the Hand-Up Program:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Families must meet income guidelines or a sudden crisis such as losing employment

For more information on the Hand-Up program, please contact Ami Pitt at (574) 797-0208 or email

Services Offered to
Self-Sufficiency Participants

Education/Vocational Planning

Support Groups

Financial Aid Information

Time Management

Goal Setting

Decision Making


Communication Skills

Self-esteem Improvement

Parenting Assistance


Information Referrals

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