Welfare and Self-Reliance Committee
The Stake Welfare and Self-Reliance Committee meets regularly to discuss ways to help the bishops and ward councils provide needed assistance and support. More information can be found at https://providentliving.lds.org.
Our stake enthusiastically supports the Church’s self-reliance initiative by offering support for semi-annual self-reliance groups. There are four 12-week courses available to self-reliance groups:
- personal finance
- find a better job
- education for better work (see BYU Pathway below)
- starting and growing my business
- emotional resilience
- emotional resilience for older youth (see below)
Contact Jan Keim or Norm Johnson for class start dates and other information.
Emotional Resilience for Youth
Using the Church self-reliance materials, our stake has developed six life skills ‘pilot’ lessons for older youth. These courses are to organized and facilitated by the wards, with assistance from stake leaders. Please contact Jan Keim or Norm Johnson for more details.
- Life Skills 1: Building Emotional Strength in the Lord/ Healthy Thinking Patterns
- Life Skills 2: Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Life Skills 3: Overcoming Anger
- Life Skills 4: Managing Addictive Behaviors
- Life Skills 5: Our Bodies and Emotions
- Life Skills 6: Building Healthy Relationships
BYU-Pathway Worldwide is the Church’s program of online higher education for those who can’t attend a Church university on campus due to cost, time, and location. The first year – called PathwayConnect – is a one-year program that helps people of all ages start or return to university studies. After completing the first year, students can earn a job-ready certificate, and then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree – all at the same low tuition rate of $71 per credit hour. All certificates and degrees are offered through BYU-Pathway Worldwide and accredited through BYU-Idaho.
Signup is underway for next semester.
Contact our local Pathway missionaries for more information: Elder and Sister Williams or Elder and Sister Stout.
Those struggling with addiction or compulsive behaviors can attend a recovery support group to receive support, help, and fellowship from others in similar circumstances as well as from volunteer Church-service missionaries and facilitators. Meetings are free and confidential and do not require a referral. Leaders and other members are also welcome at the meetings and can help the member feel comfortable attending.
Search here to find a recovery meeting in your area. A general addiction recovery meeting is held in South Weber each week. Please contact Elder and Sister Malais for more information:
Who: General addiction recovery, friends and family
When: Thursdays at 7:30 pm MDT
Where: South Weber Stake Center (7989 S 2250 E, South Weber, Utah 84405)
Contact: Elder and Sister Malais (SW 1st Ward)
Prepare for and find a job by identifying opportunities, networking, presenting yourself professionally, and preparing for job interviews.
- LDSjobs.org and Employment Centers
- Self-Reliance Courses (Find a Better Job, Education for Better Work, Starting and Growing My Business, Personal Finance)
- BYU Pathway Worldwide
Contact Jim Golding for more information.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Our Stake Emergency Plan is to be used in conjunction with the Church’s Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide located at https://providentliving.lds.org. The stake president and bishops are responsible to direct the stake and ward efforts to prepare for and respond to emergencies (Handbook 1, Section 2.4). This plan should be reviewed and updated regularly. The Stake Council, High Councilor over emergency preparedness and stake emergency preparation specialists should ensure that lists and other information are kept current.
Contact Josh Haacke or Doug Bitton for more information
Other Welfare and Self-Reliance Resources
- Help for Ward Leaders (bishops, elders quorum presidents, Relief Society presidents, stake and ward specialists)
- Self-Reliance Plan (assessing current needs and plans for self-reliance)
- Bishop’s Storehouse (food and supplies for those in need)
- LDS Family Services (short-term professional counseling for individuals, couples, and families)
- Suicide Prevention and Ministering (how to help)
- Welfare Help Lines (for bishops)