A Bridges Out Of Poverty program in Mississippi is working hard with people there to escape generational poverty. The program operates in eastern Mississippi’s Golden Triangle, a group of three cities encompassing 27 census zones, 20 of which have high rates of poverty. Local financial planner Lynn Phillips-Gaines started the program in 2012, offering the 16-week educational course “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” that helps people build their own bridges out of poverty. The idea is that people will not stay out of poverty unless they escape it through their own strength. “We do not do any of the heavy lifting,” Phillips-Gaines said. “They do it all.”

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