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CELEBRATING THE LIFE SKILLS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (LSEP) COMMUNITIES


Xavier Mission

Xavier Mission’s L-STEP was founded in 1995, born out of the concern of parishioners who were committed to responding to the needs of the homeless in the community. Over the years L-STEP has successful refined their program, exemplified by their comprehensive 25 session program that has been referred to as the “flagship” of their Jesuit mission – Social Justice through Education.

Xavier Mission recently celebrated their 37th graduating LSEP class this past June 2014; participants in this program cycle were particularly close-knit and wore purple in solidarity as they celebrated their special day.

The L-STEP alumni group also held their first annual BBQ, which had about 45 people in attendance, including graduates, mentors, and facilitators from 5 different program cycles. Two of the graduates did all of the grilling with delight. The celebration included recognition of a graduate’s birthday with cake for all. A Hawaiian theme was decided upon for this first summer BBQ -- all in attendance wore a lei! Everybody mingled and had a great time.

     


Riverside Church

First launched in November 2012, Coming Home was inspired by Riverside’s member Dr. John Delfs’ experience as a grand juror, first handedly witnessing the injustice inflicted upon those imprisoned by the system.  Working with others in his congregation, a program was established, which has continued to successfully empower men and women who have returned from incarceration.

This June, Riverside Coming Home held a picnic in Sakura Park, adjacent to the Riverside Church. About 50 people attended the festivities, including graduates from each of the 4 graduating classes, mentors, facilitators and volunteers.

      

For more information on Xavier Mission’s L-STEP, Riverside Church’s Coming Home, and other LSEPs please see Beck’s 2014 Newsletters on our News from Beck page.


COMPLETION OF THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST DEMONSTRATION STUDY OF LSEP PROGRAM

We are pleased to announce the completion of the New York Community Trust Study which included 12 LSEP program cycles with 119 participants who were domestic violence survivors, homeless/formerly homeless, veterans, and post-incarcerated.

For the full reports on the New York Community Trust Study please see our Educational Resources page.


FAHS-BECK FUND FOR RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION PILOT STUDY COMPLETED

The Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Pilot Study of Life Skills Empowerment Program development was completed in 2013.

For the full report on the Fahs-Beck Pilot Study please
see our Educational Resources page.
   

 


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