Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

July 19, 2018 Published by

The third annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2018 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference. The selected community will receive $1,000 in free products from aha! Process and will be featured on the aha! Process website and in the newsletter. With…

Podcast: Getting Ahead for Total Worker Health

June 22, 2018 Published by

I wanted to introduce the concept of health equity in this webinar because I think this is a really important topic, and I think discussing poverty and discussing issues like structural racism, those things tend to lead to inequities and disparities that don’t allow for people to have equal opportunity…

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What educators need to know about Ruby Payne’s book ‘Emotional Poverty’

June 13, 2018 Published by

“If only they were motivated, if only they were not so angry, if only I felt safer.” School safety is now a primary concern for educators, who are increasingly frustrated by confrontations over students’ disruptive and unproductive behaviors. But information about the emotional sources of this behavior is lacking, as…

From homeless to hopeful

June 7, 2018 Published by

This is why we do the work we do. I recently received the following letter from Barb Stanley in Pennsylvania: Dear Ruth: I have to share the great news that my “homeless” friend, Scott, is now in his third week of work at McDonald’s. I am beyond excited! He called me…

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Examining, understanding, and mitigating the benefits cliff effect

May 21, 2018 Published by

Ever since President Lyndon Johnson launched a set of domestic programs aimed at ending poverty and racial injustice, as a nation we have tried to reduce (if not eliminate) poverty, homelessness, and disenfranchisement. Those domestic programs range from the Food Stamp Act of 1964, the Social Security Amendments of 1965…

Audiobook excerpt: From Understanding Poverty to Developing Human Capacity

May 18, 2018 Published by

Students from families with little formal education often learn rules about how to speak, behave, and acquire knowledge that conflict with how learning happens in school. They also often come to school with less background knowledge and fewer family supports. Formal schooling, therefore, may present challenges to students living in…

Are you ALICE? Do you work hard, but struggle?

May 14, 2018 Published by

Do you make too much to qualify for public assistance, but still struggle to pay bills? Understanding ALICE United Way is looking at the asset limited, income constrained, employed (ALICE) population. By identifying the situations and needs of those who don’t have access to public assistance, programs can be created…

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Podcast: Stories from Think Rather of Zebra

May 3, 2018 Published by

The topic today is the power of story. In modern society we sometimes mistake the flashy or the violent for true power. This East African tale, which was adapted for the book, moves us into today’s theme. Strength Way back before there were buildings and lots of people here, when…