Help Change a Life Forever!

Changing Lives Forever Program Information:

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Changing Lives Forever is a 16-week class to help individuals living in poverty to find resources and develop a plan to improve the quality of their lives.  Once participants have a plan, mentors will work with each participant for a year to help them to achieve their goals.

Become a Mentor

“A Mentor can make the difference when change gets really hard – the difference between giving up or moving forward with hope and faith!”

Graduates will need a Mentor to offer a listening ear and practical help, someone who can be a cheerleader and a sounding board for ideas and problem solving.  Women and men from IHM are needed to work one-on-one with a graduate 4-6 hours a month.  Training, resource materials and ongoing support will be provided to help mentors in their role of empowering others.


Our first program graduated 15 individuals who are making significant changes in their lives with the support of this program. The program is based on the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World book written by Philip E. DeVol. It has been running successfully at the SVDP food pantry in Indianapolis since 2011.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will offer this program again at the Martin Luther King Center on 40th Street. The second session will begin this fall. The program is free and open to all. Your help is needed in sharing information about the program, providing meals for participants, mentoring individuals in the program and serving on the planning committee. If you can help or are interested in being part of the core organizing committee, please contact Diane Powers at 317-698-5679

Important Dates:

Information Session:


Mentor Training:


Poverty Simulation and Systemic Change Retreat: TBD (Optional) Saturday/Sunday,  (You are welcome to attend any portion of this retreat)

Provide a Meal

Beginning in September, dinner for 20 participants in the IHM Changing Lives Forever Program will be needed on a weekly basis through December.  Food should be delivered to the Martin Luther King Center at 40 W. 40th Street by 4:30 pm.