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Podcast: PACK2PACK home goods program for under-resourced college students

September 29, 2017 Published by

Today I want to share an economic sustainability program that one of the undergraduate students at NC State created last year. She received grant funding for that program, and it is directly related to providing resources for under-resourced college students. Hopefully it is a program that can be duplicated with...

CCMC named 2017 Bridges Community of the Year

September 27, 2017 Published by

Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic (CCMC) in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been selected as the Bridges Community of the Year. The award was announced formally at the 2017 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference, which just concluded in St. Louis. CCMC’s Bridge to Hope initiative has been led by Dr....

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...

Getting Ahead investigator’s poem paints portrait of poverty

September 20, 2017 Published by

“Hey, we matter too!” Charisse King reminds readers in her poem “My Life in Poverty.” She wrote the poem during a Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World module titled “What Life Is Like Now.” During this module, Getting Ahead investigators examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities....

It’s a long way to St. Louis, but these bikers pedal to fight poverty

September 18, 2017 Published by

This year marks the fourth consecutive year bicyclists from The Together Initiative will make a long-distance fund-raising ride. From September 22–24, 17 riders will bike in relay format from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to aha! Process’s Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference in St. Louis, Missouri. These riders are biking 905...

Podcast: Moving from a Bridges committee to a Bridges movement

September 15, 2017 Published by

The Factory Ministries actually started in a sewing factory. That’s how we got the name, just to get that out of the way. We are a faith-based social service agency that works with those who are under-resourced. We provide intakes, assessments, group goal-setting, Getting Ahead classes, I do a lot...

Many bridges to cross: Gone fishing

September 11, 2017 Published by

There are many causes of poverty, one of which is poor mental health. My dad, for example, earned Purple Hearts for injuries he sustained when he participated in the initial wave of the WWII D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach and subsequent battles, but his emotional wounds were more serious than...

Podcast: Is your church helpless in the face of poverty?

September 8, 2017 Published by

If you have just done one thing with Bridges Out of Poverty, if you’ve just been certified in one class, if you’ve just read one book, you have something to offer people, and one of the best venues, of course, is church. What we’re going to look at is why...