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Take the raise or keep public assistance?

August 28, 2018 Published by

It may seem like there is “no way out” of the cycle you are in—you want to better your knowledge and skills, and move to a higher position or wage at work, but the increase in pay doesn’t make up for the public assistance benefits you would lose. Don’t miss...

Getting ahead when the justice system puts you behind

August 27, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight The justice system is not designed to rehabilitate the incarcerated. Though people have left the prison walls, they are still imprisoned by their records, unable to find work, and unable to get ahead on their fees and fines. Learn about how...

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life

August 24, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Interested in the Getting Ahead program? Clients of Tri-Lakes Cares in Monument, Colorado, are problem solvers and participate in the transformation of their lives and their larger community by investigating their resources and the local environment as they learn how poverty...

Employee Resource Networks—Can they be good for people and business?

August 23, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight By now you’ve probably heard of Employee Resource Networks and how they can help those living in instability. In this session, you’ll learn about Sunshine Communities’ experience with Employee Resource Networks. Through the help of an Employee Resource Network, Sunshine Communities,...

Creative collaborations

August 22, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight As we begin the Bridges work, it becomes clear that we cannot do everything by ourselves. There are far too many issues that need to be addressed where the need for collaborations in the community becomes not just good, but essential....

Building and owning your community’s online social services directory

August 21, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Access to available services starts with knowing what services are available. Individuals have a multitude of needs, and you can only address a couple of them. For example, how can you make a warm referral to organizations you know can truly...

Bridges, the church, and the town square

August 20, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight This workshop will focus on the role of the church as a transforming presence in the town square. Tim Rogers will consider a brief history of the church’s checkered past as a leading voice in social and cultural transformation and will...

How can Bridges communities support returning citizens?

August 17, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight The barriers facing those returning from incarceration are like the barriers facing anyone in poverty, but their barriers are profoundly more difficult. This moderated panel discussion with Getting Out facilitators and graduates will explore the experience of those returning to the...

The un-separation of church and state

August 16, 2018 Published by

How a church and a public school collaborated to share staff to meet a pre-kindergarten literacy shortfall Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Be encouraged to think creatively about community collaboration by engaging with church and public school leaders who came together to share staff to meet...

Tactical Communication for emergency responders

August 15, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight This breakout utilizes the aha! Process publication, Tactical Communication: Mastering effective interactions with citizens of diverse economic backgrounds by Jodi Pfarr, to train professionals within emergency response services to better understand the effects of generational poverty. As an example, police officers...