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 summer schedule is set to begin on June 3 and is as follows:

Location #1: Curbside Ministries Building (1222 N. Lee Dr., Bowling Green, KY 42101)

Times & Dates: Every Monday, 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: Forest Park Baptist Church (520 Old Morgantown RD, 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

The fall schedule will begin on Tuesday, September 3.

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.