Thrive United is here for you
Thrive United offers free coaching, resources, and up to $1,000 in assistance for working families. Nobody knows about your family's challenges and strengths better than you. A Thrive Coach will work with you to create a path forward.
How does it work?
You work with a coach to set goals and create a path to success. Your Thrive Coach will provide the level of encouragement, resources, and support that you need to reach your goals.
Is Thrive United a good fit for you?
- Working or living in Elkhart, LaGrange, or Noble County?
- Ready to make a change?
- Willing to commit to short and long term goals?
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Meet a Thrive Coach
There are currently more than 15 Thrive Coaches offering services in Elkhart, LaGrange, and Noble Counties. We will work to find the coach that can best offer the support that your family needs.
“I believe that everyone comes with a story and we all have the ability to overcome life challenges. Most people would work towards a solution if there was someone behind them rooting for them and supporting them. We become our biggest support when we reach out for support. It is a passion of mine to support people in their own life challenges and help them come to an area of growth. It is always my belief that there are always peaks and valleys in life. I am happy to work with you to achieve your GOALS,” Thrive Coach Rebecca Acevedo
I am first in my family to graduate from college and move on to pursue my graduate degree in Social Work from IUSB. I work at Elkhart General Hospital as a case manager. I am working on license as a social worker and practice therapy for StoryHouse Counseling. I have worked in DCS as an assessment worker, Bashor Children’s Home, and worked with addictions in MAT clinic for alcohol and opiate addiction. I am passionate about helping people find resources and support to move past obstacles. I am developing my own networking platform called “Your Insight Is Worthier” to provide services as a life coach and counseling.
"I believe that having the ability to adapt to any given situation creates opportunity to achieve success in life," Thrive Coach Adrian Riley.
Adrian currently works for the Elkhart Police Department as a Trainer & Community Liaison. He is responsible for developing training modules and workshops that help officers learn essential soft skills that increase professionalism in the workplace. He is also a personal coach and works with nonprofits and community organizations to help streamline their work efforts, to facilitate community outreach and to broaden their viewpoints.
Amanda Montague joined the THRIVE coaching team in May of 2021. Where she employs powerful and transformative coaching skills in drawing out an individual’s natural ability to succeed.
Amanda has worked at Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center since 2018 where she has served as their administrative assistant and advocate. In this role, she empowers victims of domestic violence in becoming survivors of domestic violence. Working one on one with individuals through case management.
Prior to working in the field of domestic violence, Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Indiana University.
“Being a Thrive Coach means having an opportunity to coach individuals/families through life circumstances, establish short/long-term goals and empowerment. You never know a person’s story until you meet them. I’ve always loved the saying, ’It takes a village to raise a child.’ We all have struggled at one point in our own lives, and I was blessed to have a powerful coach (My grandmother) in my life to see me through it all. I’m grateful to be allowed to share my expertise, coach individuals into reaching their goals and providing them with the tools that they can use in the future to be successful,” Thrive Coach ShaFonda Lewis.
ShaFonda currently works for Fort Wayne Community Schools and the City of Fort Wayne. ShaFonda is the first in her family to earn a master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Law. She has previously worked as a Supervisor for Child Services and has over 25 years in the Social Work. She enjoys being an advocate for children, families and diverse populations. Her experience also includes mental health, relative/foster care, advocacy for children/families and juvenile justice. ShaFonda future goal, is to start her own non-profit business, called ShaFonda Always Advocating.
"I believe that all things are possible. A key element of success is the setting of obtainable goals along with a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals. I am excited to be able to empower individuals and families to develop and execute their plans in order for them to achieve their objectives and live more satisfying and productive lives," Thrive Coach John Bolstetter.
John is a retired Chief Financial Officer. He has nearly forty years of financial experience in a number of manufacturing companies. He is the Treasurer of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, the President of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for Northern Indiana, a volunteer for the Center for Hospice Care, and a financial consultant for several manufacturing companies.
"I believe all individuals have the desire to accomplish great things. Sometimes we just need a cheerleader to help encourage us along our journey. As a 20 year Retail Store Manager one of my greatest rewards was to witness my associates setting goals and making positive changes resulting in their success," Thrive Coach Natalie Harman.
Natalie has a Bachelor's degree from Ball State University in Business Management. Her background includes hosting a Kroger Pink Pajama Party for six years to benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization, serving as a Study Buddy through the School System for 10 years, educating middle school students on business practices as a Junior Achievement volunteer and serving on the Board for Easter Seals.
"One of my passions is helping individuals see their potential, set goals for the future and strive to reach their goals. We all have very different journeys to travel and many times it helps to have someone helping to read the road map or just supporting us along the way," Thrive Coach Chris Ulery.
Chris is the Director of Saving Grace Advocacy, and previously worked as a preschool teacher, youth leader and director of membership care. She also worked as an employment specialist at ADEC, helping individuals find work to fit their specific needs. Chris started Saving Grace seven years ago after receiving her Masters in Social Work to help those who may have hit a roadblock or just a bump in the road.
"For me being a thrive coach means being given tools to help others through situations I have faced, as well as many situations I haven’t had to face yet. I am honored to play a part in helping others to reach goals and overcome struggles that may feel impossible right now," Thrive Coach Esra Heisy.
Esra is Crossroads United Way's Thrive United / Community Impact Coordinator. He previously worked as a financial advisor and housing counselor at Lacasa, and before that in the financial services industry.
"I believe a life of greatness lives within all of us, but I also understand how the many challenges of life can make achieving goals seem like a far-off dream. What excites me most about being a Thrive United Coach is that I get to be a cheerleader and inspire belief into the lives of the families I serve," Thrive Coach Cassaundra Kesterke.
Cassaundra is a high vibe, family and community engagement specialist, addicted to personal growth, courageous conversations, and striving for better. She is a certified life coach.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to serve the Elkhart County community in a greater capacity through the CAPS partnership with Thrive United," Thrive Coach LaKisha Clark.
LaKisha is a Family Support Specialist with Child and Parent Services, Inc. (CAPS). LaKisha has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Behavioral Science as well as a Master’s of Science and Healthcare Management degree. She has over 15 years of experience in social services, including work in case management, parent education, support group facilitation, mentoring and life skills training.
Dwight Weber has served 38 years in the nonprofit sector; he loves mobilizing people to make a difference in their community.
He and his wife have three grown children. All are out of the home and raising families of their own. Being a grandparent is one of his greatest joys. Dwight is the Director of Mission Igniter Michiana, an organization that strives to make its community a better place. In addition to Thrive, Dwight does leadership coaching as well as volunteers with All Pro Dad, Family Matters Daily, and the iMom programs at the Mary Daly Elementary School.
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Interested in becoming a Thrive Coach? Learn more at crossroadsuw.org/become-thrive-coach