Breaking the Cycle


Class Description

Mondays  from  10:30-12:00 PM & 1:15-2:45 PM

Wednesdays from  10:30-12:00 PM & 1:15-2:45 PM

The mission of our Breaking the Cycle Class is to help participants address their thinking, behavior, and/or substance use disorders in order to break the cycle of generational poverty. 

Participants will set goals for their future, learn financial literacy and employment skills, & learn 4 key skills for overcoming substance use & criminal behavior, and develop a Recovery Maintenance Plan (RMP).

This is a 14 week/3.5 month process of learning that includes opportunities such as:

  • Employment Skills

  • Financial Planning

  • Culinary Arts

  • Landscaping

  • Car Dealership/Automotive 

Class participants will receive:

  • A stipend during classes for perfect attendance

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Assistance with Transportation 

  • Other basic necessities offered by the Sparrow's Nest

Upon completion of the program we intend to connect our participants with gainful employment. 

Breaking the Cycle




If you would like to join Breaking the Cycle as a participant for our next session, you must complete an application. 

If you would like to refer someone to participate in the program, please fill out a reference for them by filling out our referral form below. 


  • Applicants must interview for a position after application is reviewed.

  • Individuals must be able to read/write on a 5th grade reading level.

  • Class will last 14 weeks. Individuals are not able to miss more than 4 classes or they will not be able to graduate or receive a stipend.

  • This program does not guarantee that an individual will obtain employment after graduation.

  • By joining this program, participants agree to follow the guidelines in the participant handbook as it pertains to the expectations, policies, and procedures of Breaking the Cycle. Participation for Breaking the Cycle is voluntary and you may leave the program at any time, under any circumstances. In addition, the Sparrow’s Nest reserves the right to dismiss participants from the program at any time, under any circumstances. 

Breaking the Cycle

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Breaking the Cycle Sample 2021

Semester Schedule

Mondays  from  10:30-12:00 PM & 1:15-2:45 PM

Wednesdays from  10:30-12:00 PM & 1:15-2:45 PM


Class Facilitators