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Extra Mile

  “I love the intentionality of planned weekly meetings that promote both practical learning and relationship building.  Three words I would use to describe the benefits of Extra Mile are structure, wholeness and hope.” - Extra Mile Coach Kim

 

 “I’m stronger now. I can do things I didn’t think I could ever do.” - Extra Mile Graduate

 

Overview

Extra Mile is a free, four-month coaching program focused on money management through relationships. Individuals or couples apply to the program and commit to a high level of accountability. Successful participants require attributes associated with successful transition out of poverty - willingness to learn new skills, try new strategies, and meet new people. Participants must be employed or working towards employment with some sort of income. Financial incentives encourage participants to complete the program. 
Components  
Coach/Support Team  
Each participant is matched with a trained volunteer coach and given a four-week orientation that includes a strengths assessment, goal-setting and a financial management education.  Participants meet with their coach weekly for the four-month program duration. Training, materials, and support are provided by Love INC's professional social work staff.
Point System/Incentives 
A point system helps reinforce formation of new, effective habits at each coaching session and reviews the participant’s budgeting and progress on goals. The point system helps reinforce formation of new, effective habits. Monetary incentives are given based on point scores, which can total more than $600 during the course.
 
Community Connection
Relationship-building and development of new connections are essential components of Extra Mile. Our goal is to match participants with capable, compassionate volunteers. Often the professional relationship grows into relationships that last well beyond the Extra Mile program. Our hope is that client's expand their social network and become more connected in Columbia.
 
  
  Program Goals
  • Develop financial self-sufficiency
  • Recognize strengths and build confidence
  • Strengthen relationships 
  
Opportunities for Church & Individual Involvement (can select one or more):
  • Go-the-Extra Mile - be a personal coach - either individually or with a co-coach.
  • Fund-an-Extra Mile - provide monetary or in-kind donations for one or more participant's rewards (individual/church donations, drives, host a pantry or closet)

 

 

 Highlights from 2013:

  • Two of our Extra Mile graduates started a support group for single, Latino mothers, which has now been meeting weekly for 5 months.
  • Two of our Extra Mile graduates enrolled in college, one for the first time.

  • Ongoing support was provided for the children of two participants, a mentor for a participant’s teenage son and weekly connection to a local Awanas group for four siblings.

  • Two donated vehicles were provided to participants, allowing them to eliminate a car payment and balance their budgets.

  • 100% of our graduates reported creating and using a budget for the first time.

  • Graduates reported the following met goals – consistently living within a budget, creating a savings account, developing meaningful relationships, eliminating debt and expanding social networks.

  • One participant was helped to establish a checking account at a bank after being denied by other banks for several years.

What Extra Mile Participants are saying:

 “The relationships built were the best part of the program. I found people who cared about me, gave me strength, made me feel wanted, and made me feel like I could do it.”

"I experienced a total transformation in my life. I learned about “budgeting, achieving goals, and discernment in relationships.”   

 

Contact Kelly Hill at kellyh@columbialoveinc.org or 256-7662 for more information