ALL Hand Up Hand Back classes are suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The program will follow the schools, so if schools are closed, they will be too. This includes evening classes at GEO International High School and all day programs at Christ Fellowship Church.

Hand Up, Hand Back began in 2016 with help from a United Way grant. It is an occupational skill development program that assists individuals meeting Federal Poverty Guidelines to increase their annual wages and/or educational level. The current target population is low-income refugees and immigrants (foreign-born) in Warren County, though any person is eligible to attend the program.

As of autumn 2018:

  • 95 participants completed the program
  • 37 participants started or continued educational programs
    • enrolling in ESL (English as Second Language), English class, Job Corps program, etc.
  • 35 participants changed their job status (most have seen an increase in income)
    • changing status from unemployed to employed, moving from part-time to full-time status, finding local employment, etc.

Currently, we are offering two classes at two locations on different days and times.

The spring schedule has been updated and is as follows:

Location #1: Christ Fellowship Church (601 Graham Dr., Bowling Green, KY 42101)

Times & Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Classes Provided:

  • Adult ESL (English as Second Language)—all levels
  • Other classes for adults throughout the school year— budgeting, nutrition/cooking, computers, drivers education, and more

Location #2: GEO International High School (next to Warren Central High School), 1808 Loop St., Bowling Green, KY 42101

Times & Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5‐7 p.m.

Classes Provided:

  • Adult ESL (English as Second Language)—all levels
  • Tutoring for all school-age levels
  • Other classes for adults throughout the school year— budgeting, nutrition/cooking, computers, drivers education, and more

For more information about Hand Up, Hand Back, please contact:

Alice Tarnagda at alice@refugebg.com | 270-799-1474
Chris Lauth at clauth@commed.us | 270-842-4281

Our partners for Hand Up, Hand Back provide support, special classes, tutoring, etc.