Thrive United

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?

Are 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.


Coach Adrian"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.


Coach Chris"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.


Coach Pamela"I am passionate about helping others and I welcome the opportunity to help you reach that next level, impacting lives for a better, more vibrant, successful YOU!" Thrive Coach Pamela McGregor.

Pamela is the founder of Women of Power Outreach Services, an organization designed to equip and empower women from every walk of life.  Pamela has turned decades of life's curveballs and hardships into motivation to succeed.  With the right motivation and support, the sky is the limit!


Coach Esra"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.


Coach Cassaundra"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.


Coach Pat

"It's exciting for me to be a part of the Thrive Coaching program.  I look forward to meeting with families, listening to their stories and encouraging them on their path in life," Thrive Coach Pat Bontrager.

Pat volunteers at the Community Food Pantry in Bristol, IN.  Her volunteer role has allowed her the opportunity to provide a positive impact in the community and connect with new faces and share in their lives.

As a former Business owner, her roles were widely varied.  Pat took great pride in her work and was always up for the challenges that came her way.  Pat is involved with her church and loves spending time with family, gardening, and writing.


Coach LaKisha"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.


Yolanda"I am a first generation, non-traditional college graduate, whose work in higher education and the community helped me to realize the enormous barriers to success that many marginalized and underrepresented individuals, like me, face," Thrive Coach Yolanda Young-Smith.

Yolanda is in a constant state of learning, growing, and improving. She is a Career Coach at Elkhart Goodwill Community Career Center. Yolanda's colleagues say her energy is electric and her passion is contagious when she is guiding and supporting individuals in realizing THEIR dreams and full potential to THRIVE!


DwightDwight 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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