Better Tomorrows provides a wide range of Programs across our Family (Youth and Adult) and Senior Sites.


Our Core Programs provide a focus on proven methods that measure our impact towards our mission to empower individuals, families, and neighborhoods to thrive across all those in our reach.  We also support many other diverse activities that appeal to the needs and desires specific to each of our sites and their communities.


Choose a combination of filters to get a glimpse into the various ways in which we strive to create better tomorrows!


How to use these Filters: In order for the program to appear below, it must match at least 1 criteria in both Age Group and Program Type. If you check off more than 1 in either category, it will list all the programs that cross match with either selection (e.g., Youth AND Health OR Education, Strong Communities AND Adult OR Senior).


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Adult Education
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A variety of courses are provided to adults and seniors to promote educational advancement. Subjects vary by community and include GED prep course, computer training, and employment skill building.

Art Classes / Photography
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An array of art courses – sometimes including more advanced classes such as photography and Photoshop – are offered to residents of all ages.  Classes are designed to provide education of the arts and technique and skill building.  Better Tomorrows partners with local artists and art advocates to provide instruction.

Arts Appreciation Outings
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Better Tomorrows organizes trips to museums, local galleries, and special exhibitions to promote art appreciation and community involvement.  

Balance Classes
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In 2008, an estimated 14.8 percent of American adults (33.4 million) had a balance or dizziness problem. This innovative program is aimed at prevention and teaches seniors how to preserve physical stability and maintain steady movement practices. Exercises are led by informed instructors who provide feedback and words of encouragement. 

Birthday Celebrations
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Seniors celebrate significant milestones with fellow residents and community members. These events are designed to promote community participation, positive social interactions, and aid in the development of anti-isolation habits.  

Community-Building Special Events
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Older people who rated their quality of life as “good” were less likely to experience social exclusion. Better Tomorrows staff regularly plan special events designed to unite and strengthen the local community and prevent social exclusion.  Learn more about one of these events here.

Computer Classes
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Better Tomorrows computer facilitators teach residents how to not only use a computer, but also how to use various online and technological programs. The goal of these classes is to help residents and community members become savvy computer users who can effectively apply this body of knowledge within employment and educational settings.  

Cooking/ Nutrition Classes
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Better Tomorrows partners with local food professionals to teach individuals basic culinary skills and how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals.  The programming includes: encouraging youth, adults, and seniors to explore new foods, instruction on the science of eating, and reinforcing healthy lifestyles. 

Crime Watch / Neighborhood Watch
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Neighborhoods that are unsafe are associated with high rates of infant mortality and low birth weight, juvenile delinquency, high school dropout, lower employment rates, and child abuse and neglect. Conversely, safe neighborhoods produce greater rates of positive outcomes such as stronger families and community, and greater participation in social programs and volunteerism. Adult members of the community work with Better Tomorrows to plan meetings and group patrols to improve safety in the surrounding community.  Learn more about an example of Better Tomorrows neighborhood safety transformation here.

Cultural Outings
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Seniors participate in outings that enhance their overall cultural experience. These events can include attending the movies, going to unique restaurants, and traveling to other communities.  

Doctor Visits
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Better Tomorrows staff coordinate transportation for residents to attend doctors’ visits.

End of Life Planning
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Better Tomorrows staff members host an annual seminar with senior residents to share information on end of life planning in a supportive and encouraging environment. The seminar addresses the following topics: living wills, wills, power of attorney, pre-planning funeral preparations, higher levels of care options, and additional relevant topics. 

Energy Awareness / LIHEAP Energy Program
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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Better Tomorrows is committed to ensuring all residents have homes where they can live independently and be proud of.  To accomplish this, Better Tomorrows staff educate residents and community members about cost-effective energy programs and environmentally-friendly initiatives. These opportunities allow seniors and families to make informed decisions, and to have more manageable energy bills.  

ESL Classes
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In Better Tomorrows English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, non-English speaking residents learn basic phrases and conversational English. Additional advanced classes are also available depending on the needs of the specific community. 

Exercise Programs
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Senior residents can participate in a variety of exercise classes designed to promote physical activity and well-being. Topics vary by community, but each program focuses on senior wellness, healthy lifestyles, and keeping residents active. 

Financial Literacy / Budgeting Classes
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Individuals of all ages participate in courses designed to encourage economic stability and teach effective budgeting.  

Food Banks
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Better Tomorrows provides food banks stocked by local organizations, and run by volunteers, which include residents and community members.  

Gardening Programs
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Better Tomorrows organizes community gardens where individuals are trained in horticulture and learn responsibility, work and life skills, and the nutritional values of fresh produce. The gardens are cultivated and maintained by residents and the produce that is grown is sold to residents at below cost (or to famers markets at market rate) to raise money to maintain the garden. 

Health Clinics
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Better Tomorrows arranges for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals to regularly visit its communities to provide medical checks and services to seniors.  

Health Resource Fairs
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Parent(s) / Guardian(s) and their children are invited to participate in Better Tomorrows Health Fairs, where local health providers and human services organizations provide educational opportunities and resources aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. 

Health Screenings
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Certified nurses and doctors come to the community to provide youth with health screening and if necessary transportation to clinics and hospitals.

Health Seminars / Classes
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A variety of health courses are provided to adults and seniors to promote healthy lifestyles, disease management, and general wellbeing. Topics covered in these classes vary by community. Learn how Better Tomorrows health seminars change the lives of its participants here

Healthy Meal Programs
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For seniors with more limited access to food, Better Tomorrows coordinates healthy meal deliveries of prepared foods.  

Holiday Events / Resources
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Better Tomorrows brings together residents and their families to celebrate a diverse spectrum of holidays with free or reduced costs activities and meals. 

I'm Ok Program
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Residents elect block/floor captains to help promote community engagement and facilitate safety check-ins for at-risk seniors. 

Intergenerational Programs
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Youth and seniors work collaboratively to accomplish volunteer projects that benefit the community.  

Literacy Programming
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Residents are given educational help to bolster their reading abilities and interest in literacy.  Learn about one of these programs for youth here.

Micro-entrepreneurship Ventures
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Better Tomorrows staff members organize events for adult residents to explore entrepreneurship opportunities. Residents are encouraged to take personal ownership in professional projects that allow them to become involved with the development and application of business ventures. 

NAHMA Poster Contest
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NAHMA (National Affordable Housing Management Association) hosts an annual poster contest. Better Tomorrows staff work one-on-one with students to design and submit artwork to the competition. Winners have their artwork featured in a nationally distributed calendar and receive educational scholarships.  

National Night Out
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America’s night out against crime is an organized community event where residents come together to increase involvement in criminal prevention activities, bolster police/community partnerships, and strengthen the community. 

On-Site Libraries
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At select Better Tomorrows’ sites, there are lending libraries for residents use. These libraries host a variety of reading materials for community members of all ages. 

Religious Education / Bible Study
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Depending on the community, residents may elect to host relevant religious studies groups. In these meetings, adults and seniors are given an opportunity to openly discuss their spiritual beliefs and interpretations of religious texts.  

Rental Rebate Programs
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Better Tomorrows helps residents apply and manage funding from rental rebate programs run by The Department of Revenue. 

Resident Assistance and Case Management
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Better Tomorrows staff members assist residents by providing individualized case management services. These services can include support in applying and filing for financial aid, medical and insurance claims, tuition assistance, scholarships, employment, and job readiness. 

Resident Education
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Better Tomorrows staff members share relevant, local resources with seniors, adults, and youth residents. These resources can include assistance programs, healthcare opportunities, and safety information. Regular meetings are used to discuss materials shared throughout the year individually with residents. Additionally, new residents are equipped with welcome packets to help acclimate individuals to the local community. 

Resident Trips / Food Outings
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Better Tomorrows provides seniors with scheduled outings to promote travel opportunities and community exploration. These events can include trips out of state, shopping adventures, and diverse dining experiences. 

Resource Education
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Better Tomorrows staff share relevant, local resources with seniors. These resources can include assistance programs, healthcare opportunities, and safety information. 

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
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The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) meets critical community needs by encouraging and supporting volunteering for people 55 and older. Activities include regular check-ins on more senior residents with limited mobility. 

Safety Awareness
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Better Tomorrows provides senior residents with protocols to ensure safety in and around their homes and the surrounding communities. Staff members also share educational information to help protect residents against potential schemes designed to deceive, or fraudulently claim property or resources. Community organizations and local police departments are invited to take part, and often share additional instructive materials.

Scam Awareness Classes
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Better Tomorrows provides residents with educational information to help protect them against potential schemes designed to deceive, or fraudulently claim property or resources. 

Sexual Health / STI Education
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Sexual health and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) information is provided to adults and seniors. Better Tomorrows hosts trained healthcare professionals who respectfully answer questions, and encourage residents to make informed, safe decisions.  

Social Recreation Activities
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These regularly held, structured events provide seniors with opportunities to socialize and network, while engaging in fun, creative activities. 

Tenet Meetings
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Regular meetings are held for adult and senior members of resident communities. These meetings allow for residents to address concerns, and to plan community and civic events. 

Volunteer Programs
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Better Tomorrows staff members arrange volunteer opportunities for senior residents interested in bettering their communities. Annually, sites host a volunteer appreciation program to promote community-wide involvement and celebrate those individuals already volunteering. 

Voter Registration
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Prior to an election, Better Tomorrows staff will assist adult and senior residents register to vote.  

Voting Assistance / Voting
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Better Tomorrows staff escort registered-voters to established polling sites in the local community. Whenever possible, Better Tomorrows communities will host polling sites directly on our properties and additionally, provide advertisements and coordinate volunteers. 

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