Welfare and SElf-Reliance Toolbox

Leader ResouRces

ChurchofJesusChrist.org Resources

ONLINE Welfare and Self-Reliance Resources

Go to ChurchofJesusChrist.org to find information, training and principles on administering welfare and assisting with self-reliance.

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Online Leader Resources

Leaders will find resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org to help bishops and ward councils care for the poor and needy.

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Handbook 2

Handbook 2 contains wonderful instruction for Church leaders on meeting welfare needs and fostering self-reliance.  Consider sections 6, 7.4, and 7.5.

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Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance Plan

Members, with leader support, use  this simple form to:
• develop a personal self-reliance plan
• evaluate needs, income, expenses
• identify available resources
• identify service to give in return
Companion form for Bishops to track assistance given.
More info

Download forms and instructions

Document replaces Needs and Resource Analysis form

Available trainings:
• 10-minute overview
• 40-minute case study with resource training

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Self-Reliance INitiative

Self-reliance groups are small, action-oriented councils. They meet together to help build the skills and faith of each participant through reviewing doctrinal principles and practical skills.  Ideal for:
• all members seeking to improve practical skills and understanding of how to better work with the Lord both spiritually and temporally
More info

Online manuals and videos
Leader's Guide for Self-Reliance

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• 60-minute training for new Self-Reliance Specialists
• 90-minute full initiative training for Self-Reliance Committees
• 90-minute facilitator training

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VIRTUAL Stake Self-Reliance Resource Center

Stake may establish an online Stake Self-Reliance Center to help simplify and streamline access to stake, Church and community resources for leaders and members. 
• establish stake online portal for information and resources related to all areas of self-reliance and welfare
• create a simple way to share and communicate resources to leaders and members
• take advantage of preconfigured templates, site maintenance and resources developed by local managers

Contact your local Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager for more information or demo.

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• 60-minute site training and planning

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Church and Community Resources

Local Welfare and Self-Reliance Managers have gathered hundreds of community resources that can be evaluated by leaders or members in their suitability to meet needs.  Resources are listed by need for ease of use.
• easy access to a wide range of resources for self-reliance and welfare challenges
• find Church, community, or government organizations in the local community to help meet needs
• public site that may be used by leaders and members

See Resource Directory

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• 30-minute case study training and resource overview

Contact local manager

Education & Employment

EnglishConnect

EnglishConnect brings together English language learners, instructors, volunteers, and Church leaders to create an English learning program for all of God‘s children. Both gospel doctrine and English skills are taught.  EnglishConnect is ideal for those:
• designed for all non-English speakers
• wanting to learn English
• novice to intermediate learners
• preparing for school or job
• who want to improve speaking and writing skills
• preparing for PathwayConnect
More Info

EnglishConnect Leader's Guide

Available trainings:

• 15-minute overview
• 45-minute leader training and plan development

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BYU Pathway Worldwide

By combining online learning with religious education, BYU-Pathway Worldwide inspires hope, opening new opportunities in higher education to learn by study and by faith.  Great for those:
• who are return missionaries, less-active, single adults, stay-at-home parents, un/underemployed and more
• without an education plan
• where cost, fear, lack of access or time are barriers
• needing a flexible schedule
• who do not have a high school diploma or GED
• need better employment where certificates help qualify for better work
• who could benefit from spiritual-based education
More info

2019-2020 registration schedule

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• 45-minute leader training and plan development

Awareness Tools:
bi-fold brochure
tri-fold brochure

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Employment Services

Employment is core to an individual or family's ability to become financially self-reliant.  The Employment Services Center offers support for:
• employment search
• resumes, power statements, etc.
• career workshops
• advanced job search groups
• wholistic counseling about employment needs, opportunities and potential paths

Local Employment Resource Centers

Available trainings:

• 15-minute overview
Online Employment Specialist training

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Welfare Services

Deseret Industries

The Deseret Industries complex host a range of products and services to help support welfare needs as well as long-term self-reliance.  Donations, bishop's orders, employment opportunities, counseling, work behavior improvement or modification, education funding, family services and so much more. 
More Info

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• Presented as part of 60-minute leader training at the DI Complex for Stake and Ward Council Members. Call local manager for details and schedule.

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Bishop's Storehouse

The storehouse is filled with commodities provided by fast offerings and other generous donations from members. The Bishop's storehouses serves:
• food and supplies for those in need
• distribution points for commodities
• supplying commodities to areas affected by natural disasters, wars, or economic crisis at a moment's notice.
• opportunities for service are available
More Info

Available trainings:
• TBD

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Fast Offerings

The Lord has established the law of the fast, which includes fast offerings, to bless His people. Fast offerings are used exclusively to meet welfare needs.  When Church members are doing all they can to provide for themselves but still cannot meet their basic needs, they should first turn to their families for help.  When this is not sufficient, the Church stands ready to assist.

Fast Offerings

Available trainings:
• Please contact priesthood leadership within your stake.

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Church, Community and Government

The Church, government and many non-profit organizations in the community stand ready to assist those in need.  Sometimes it can be difficult to identify the right resource.  A list of organizations and resources is available to help.  Search these resources by need category.

See Resource Directory

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• 30-minute case study training and resource overview

Contact local manager


Counseling Services

Family Services

LDS Family Services helps Church leaders care for individuals with social and emotional challenges by providing resources that are in harmony with gospel principles.

Leaders are encouraged to call Family Services directly for consultation and referrals.
More Info

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• Presented as part of 60-minute leader training at the DI Complex for Stake and Ward Council Members. Call local manager for details and schedule.

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Addiction Recovery

Those struggling with addiction and other harmful behaviors, as well as those impacted, can find benefit and support from gospel-centered, group setting.
• 12-step addiction recovery
• based on gospel principles
• support for spouses and family
• support for leaders
• help line is available
More Info

Find an addiction recovery meeting

Call your local Family Services office for additional information:

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DEvelopment Counseling

Development Counseling Services (DCS) assists Church leaders as they empower individuals and families to overcome barriers that prevent them from achieving long-term self-reliance. Licensed Development Counselors provide:
• Professional consultation to Church leaders, ser­vice providers, members, and mentors
• Short and long-term career assessments, plan­ning, and coaching
• Coordination of educational and certified voca­tional training programs, funding resources, and on-the-job training opportunities
More Info

Available trainings:
• 15-minute overview
• Presented as part of 60-minute leader training at the DI Complex for Stake and Ward Council Members. Call local manager for details and schedule.

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Emergency Response & Humanitarian Services 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Wards and stakes should prepare for natural and man-made disasters that are likely to occur in their respective areas by creating a simple emergency plan. These plans are prepared under the direction of the bishop or stake president. They should be updated periodically.
• identify likely disasters
• gather critical information
• outline assignments and procedures
• identify emergency communication methods
• encourage member preparation.
• use the Stake and Ward Emergency

Stake and Ward Emergency Preparedness website

Planning Guide worksheets

Available trainings:
TBD

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JUSTSERVE

Online community of organizations where volunteers may search for places to serve in their community, provide opportunities to help those in need.
• gather and connect individuals, families or organizations with local service opportunities
• post stake or ward service projects
• welfare recipients to give back
• ministering projects
• family service projects
• Self-Reliance group projects

Available trainings:
TBD

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Self-Reliance Initiative Tools

Self-Reliance Initiative Website

Official Church website with information, training, online materials, videos and more fore the Self-Reliance Initiative.
• manuals and videos for groups
• trainings and videos for leaders
• commonly asked questions
• links to blogs and social media
• stories about participants

Visit site

Self-Reliance Group Registration and Certificates

Online portal for:
• Devotional registration
• Self-Reliance group registration
• EnglishConnect participant registration

Visit site

Self-Reliance Resource Bookmarks and Stickers

Bookmarks and stickers have been created to help connect group participants with local resources to help keep commitments and further progress.  Bookmarks and stickers are also available to make leader access to resources quick and easy.

Download files:
Bookmarks (6 per page, print and cut)
• Resources
• Personal Finance
• Starting and Growing My Business
• Find A Better Job
• Education For Better Work
Instructions

Stickers (6 per page, uses Avery label 5163 or equivelant)
• Resources
• Personal Finance
• Starting and Growing My Business
• Find A Better Job
• Education For Better Work
Instructions

Order Materials

Visit the Church online store to purchase materials for Self-Reliance groups.  Orders can be places through stake clerks under a stake account if desired.  Materials are also available at Distribution Centers and manuals may be available at your local Deseret Bookstore.

Visit the online store

Needs Discovery Aids

StaKE Needs and ReSOURCE DISCUSSION AID

This Stake Needs and Resource Discussion Aid can be requested from your local Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager.  The manager will provide local demographic information related to the stake, employment, education, finance and small business to help identify potential needs.

• statistical analysis can assist the Stake Self-Reliance Committee to think about and discuss what may be more hidden or general needs within the area

Available trainings:
• request document from local manager
• 20 to 60 - minute discussion about potential needs

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Self-Reliance Evaluation and Devotional Invite

One page sheet may be customized to meet the needs of the stake to help individuals evaluate their own self-reliance needs.  This sheet is not intended to be collected by leaders but is to be used for individuals to evaluate their situation and be invites to attend a Self-Reliance devotional or group.

• questions and content of the sheet are customized by the Self-Reliance Committee
• might be used in a quorum or class setting to help members quickly evaluated their personal self-reliance

Available trainings:
• request document from local manager
• 15-minute training

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Local Welfare and Self-Reliance Managers

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James Howard

Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager

COORDINATING COUNCILS
American Fork
Eagle Mountain
Lehi
Pleasant Grove
Saratoga Springs


HowardNJ@churchofjesuschrist.org
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Dean Lundberg

Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager

COORDINATING COUNCILS
Orem North
Orem South
Orem YSA
Provo North


DeanLundberg@churchofjesuschrist.com
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Randy Call

Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager

COORDINATING COUNCILS
Provo South
Provo YSA
Spanish Fork
Springville


Randall.Call@churchofjesuschrist.org
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Kevin Losee

Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager

COORDINATING COUNCILS
Beaver/Panquitch/Kanab
Payson
Richfield/Manti
Santaquin


KevinLosee@churchofjesuschrist.org
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Tim Brosnahan

Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager

COORDINATING COUNCILS
Heber Valley
Price
Uintah
Wyoming


TimBrosnahan@churchofjesuschrist.org