Posts by Phillip DeVol:

CharityTracker year-end Getting Ahead graduate report 2017

February 26, 2018 Published by

Thanks to the many Getting Ahead facilitators and graduates who contributed to this report. Inputting the data is a massive amount of work! Some observations: The number of graduates in the database, now at 569, is growing impressively. We trust that the number of days between assessments will grow; it…

Podcast: TrueConnect means no more payday loans

October 6, 2017 Published by

Phil DeVol and Doug Farry Our topic today is predatory lending and what to do about it. Those of us who have learned directly from people in poverty and those who are struggling to get by and Getting Ahead investigators know that predatory lending practices are a poverty trap. Those…

Audiobook excerpt: Bridges to Sustainable Communities

September 22, 2017 Published by

Community sustainability is so broad a topic that all components of society must be engaged in the process. This topic truly engages people from business, government, health care, criminal justice, education, and social services. People living in survival mode will find it harder to become engaged in this work. The…

Poverty and the controversial work of nonprofits

August 30, 2017 Published by

This article by Michael Jindra and Ines W. Jindra at the University of Notre Dame explores the differences between “relational” approaches to poverty vs. the “structural” approaches. (Yes, there is a divide here too!) Bridges and Getting Ahead are mentioned as one model that addresses poverty both ways. Abstract There…

‘BBQ Bash’ attracts funders with live music, cash giveaway

July 17, 2017 Published by

Marion Matters in Marion, Ohio, holds just one fund-raiser per year, so when they throw their annual Marion Matters BBQ Bash, they go all out. Chief among the draws at the event is a chance to win $10,000 in a cash drawing! Other attractions include delicious food and live music,…

Bridges Out of Poverty ‘trickles up’ in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

June 28, 2017 Published by

Here is a study of Bridges and Getting Ahead by Katlyn Uhler titled “Bridges Out of Poverty as an Anti-Poverty Strategy in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.” She interviews Chuck Holt and Tammy Schoonover, among others. Uhler is a graduate of the Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program at the School for…

The numbers tell a winning story – but only if you enter your data!

June 8, 2017 Published by

Dear Getting Ahead facilitators and sponsors, Together we can tell the story of the Bridges and Getting Ahead movement with numbers that speak to supporters, funders, and other community leaders—but we need your help! It’s crucial that you enter follow-up data as soon as possible. On June 30 CharityTracker will…

Webinar podcast: Getting Ahead study shows positive psychosocial change

May 19, 2017 Published by

A national study suggests that Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World results in positive psychosocial changes for participants from poverty. These changes may empower them to overcome obstacles that keep them from moving out of poverty. The study found increases for participants in the following areas: Mental health Social support…

Letters from prison, plans for the future: Thoughts from Getting Out graduates

April 12, 2017 Published by

These four handwritten letters are from Getting Ahead While Getting Out graduates in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The first letter, from Steven Brewster, describes Getting Out methodology as well as it can be described. Brewster writes: “The information is presented in such a way that participants must do their own work and provide…

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World management: Problem solving

April 3, 2017 Published by

Getting Ahead has been in use since 2004. During that time very few serious problems have come to my attention. The problems ranged from a disruptive group member to a suicidal threat. Between those extremes there were problems like a child abuse charge, a threat of violence, some cases of…