Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

“Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” is intended to teach people how to increase their income, decrease debt, become more self-sufficient, decrease social services assistance, and increase awareness of dental, vision, medical and financial services available in the Copper Country.

Students of Getting Ahead will get to meet guest speakers, get paid to learn, plan for a better future, and meet new people. Students must attend an in-person interview and commit to 16 weeks of class.

Let’s Get You Started!

Goals and Outcomes

  • To become a more stable individual

  • To increase personal income

  • To decrease amount of debt

  • To pursue or further education

  • To create a personal bank account

  • To increase self-sufficiency

Who’s Eligible?

  • Individuals below 200% of the federal poverty level

  • Individuals not on permanent disability assistance

  • Individuals who have been in recovery, if needed, at least six months

  • Individuals who are cognitively capable

  • Individuals who want to change their lives

Provided free at classes

  • Educational childcare

  • Dinner

  • Transportation, if needed

  • $25 Pat’s IGA food card, for each class attended

Let’s Get Started.

Our next class starts in late August. The deadline to apply to be considered for that session is July 28. However, we are always accepting applications for people to join our Getting Ahead classes.

Step 1: Apply. We invite you to fill out our online application. If you’d like a printed or PDF copy, please contact us.

Step 2: Complete admissions interview. As we near the next class we’ll reach out to applicants to complete an admissions interview where we’ll learn more about the folks who might join.


We’d love to help you! Feel free to call, text or email us. Click here for our contact information.

Picture Yourself Here

Relive the magic of the first Getting Ahead Graduation Ceremony for Copper Shores Bridges! The event celebrated eight individuals who live in Michigan’s Copper Country that completed the 16-week program.

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Bridges Copper Country

Bridges Copper Country is a Copper Shores Community Health Foundation initiative.

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