A new Bridges Out Of Poverty program is working with a local organizations in the Idaho panhandle to get people in poverty into the workplace. Collaboration between Bridges Out of Poverty, the local nonprofit Circles, and the town’s Community Action Partnership is helping the poor of Sandpoint, Idaho to escape generational poverty. The organizations offer training in job skills, job retention, and saving money. “Our goal is the help entry level workers stay on the job for at least a year and start building up a stable job history,” said Kelly Heil, employment liaison for CAP. They also help people start saving: “If they manage to save $5 that week, we’ll match $5 into their savings account.”

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