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Getting out of poverty with Investigations into Economic Class in America

March 12, 2019 Published by

I recently had the privilege of interviewing a graduate of Investigations into Economic Class in America. The following interview shows her growth and understanding. Ruth Weirich: Welcome. This interview is about you taking the college course called Investigations into Economic Class in America. Please tell us your name and where...

Help! My employees are always late!

March 5, 2019 Published by

The environment of daily instability creates pain for both the employee and your business. Really, does anyone want to spend time dealing with transportation? If your car has good tires, a half-tank of gas, and if the engine turns over on the first try, then you don’t spend time worrying...

Employer Resource Networks with James Vander Hulst

February 28, 2019 Published by

Pioneered in Michigan by James Vander Hulst and others, the Employer Resource Network for employers pulls together a consortium of businesses who use a coach to support employees with work-life balance issues such as transportation, childcare, housing, social services, coaching, and more. With these supports, retention and productivity soar. Learn...

What is Ruby reading?

February 27, 2019 Published by

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, by Dan Ariely, examines what motivates us and what kills motivation. Motivation is linked to: Meaning Doing things for others A longer time frame that is greater than us and takes longer to achieve when overcoming adversity Identity The need to be...

‘It is a part of me, but it does not define me’

February 25, 2019 Published by

When my son filled out his college admission forms, he was required to write an essay about himself. He did not mention being gay. I asked him why, and he said, “It is a part of me, but it does not define me. When you write an autobiography of yourself,...

Equity: The courage to be unfair

February 19, 2019 Published by

Before I accepted a position at Charlotte Family Housing and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, I read Charlotte’s Leading on Opportunity report. I was immediately impressed by the earnest desire and unequivocal commitment of Charlotteans to change the city’s two and a half centuries of systemic discrimination and disenfranchisement of...

School counselor offers tips for understanding rural poverty

February 14, 2019 Published by

Sherry Slankard is a school counselor with more than 25 years’ experience working with at-risk youth through foster parenting and crisis intervention for runaway youth. She is currently site manager of an after-school program and serves as a school counselor in Olney, Illinois. Sherry became a lifetime certified trainer of...

Podcast: Bridges goes legally blonde!

February 12, 2019 Published by

Treasure McKenzie and Sherry Sides discuss the impact of having a lawyer available to Getting Ahead participants and others in the Bridges Out of Poverty community of practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Listen to the podcast.

St. Vincent de Paul prison reentry programs use Bridges, Getting Out

February 7, 2019 Published by

Upcoming St. Vincent de Paul prison reentry initiatives will use Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead While Getting Out, according to Catholic news site Crux. As the federal government and a number of states are changing criminal justice legislation, Bridges sites are gearing up to influence the implementation of...