What Are Self-Reliance Centers?
Self-reliance centers provide Internet access, mentoring, and other helpful resources to job seekers, the self-employed, and prospective students. Stakes establish self-reliance centers in Church buildings; they are staffed by missionaries and volunteers. A self-reliance center may share a location with an existing family history center.
Self-reliance centers are a resource available to stakes and districts. When a member of the Church is not self-reliant, a bishop and the ward council can refer him or her to a self-reliance center. These centers are places where returning missionaries, unemployed or underemployed members, and others struggling with self-reliance can receive assistance.
The centers are also a resource for quorums and Relief Societies who work closely with members struggling with self-reliance. In centers, members receive guidance that will help them learn practical steps to become self-reliant as well as doctrines of self-reliance.
Self-reliance centers offer services on topics such as:
- How to start or grow your business
- How to find employment
- How to gain a good education
- Personal mentoring
- Networking opportunities