Thanks to $200,000 from the Presbyterian Women PCUSA Birthday Grant, Westminster offers adult education in its Family & Adult Services Center.

Our adult education consists of various organizations and agencies offering hands-on classes, workshops, and other useful skills for low-income residents at minimal to no cost. Programs focus on cooking and nutrition, fitness, basic math and reading, parenting and anger management, job readiness and resume building, and financial literacy. Clients are welcome to participate in as many activities as they’d like. So far, hundreds of individuals have enrolled in dozens of classes at Westminster.

Initial partnerships were developed with Purdue Extension and Pogue’s Run Grocer to teach various classes at the Family & Adult Services Center. Purdue Extension offers nutritional education and cooking classes, as well as a financial literacy program. Pogue’s Run, an organic food grocery on the Near Eastside, has hosted a Good & Cheap class where participants receive a free cookbook and take trips to local grocery stores to learn how to compare food by quality and price.

Other program partners who have come on board include Warren Township for GED/HSE (high school equivalency) and English as a Second Language classes, and Indy Reads for reading and math tutoring. Future plans call for clubs related to job searches, gardening, sewing, Bible study, crafts/scrapbooking, fitness, and parenting.

There’s also an open computer lab where clients may access the Internet for activities like job searches, resume building, checking email, registering for SNAP and other government benefits, and signing up for WorkOne enrollment.

All programs are at Westminster’s Family & Adult Services Center, 2325 E. New York St., Indianapolis. For more information or to sign up for Westminster’s adult education classes, contact Lindsey Welch, pantry director, or 317.245.6282.