Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

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If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are largely nonexistent. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges – and strengths – helps you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful tool designed for socialhealth and legal services professional. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s myth-shattering A Framework for Understanding PovertyBridges reaches out to millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with people in poverty. You’ll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to:

– Redesign programs to better serve the people you work with
– Build skill sets for management to help guide employees
– Upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, caseworkers and managers
– Improve treatment outcomes in healthcare and behavioral healthcare
– Increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work

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“Bridges Out of Poverty brings new players and new energy to the table. It addresses poverty at the individual, community, structural/policy levels – and calls for people in poverty to be planners and decision makers.”

Bonnie Bazata
Director, St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative
South Bend, Indiana

“Before we integrated these principles, our turnover was 40-60% and cost us $3.6 million. Since then, our rate has been reduced to less than 5% and last year cost us under $500,000, proving that community-wide or regional change initiatives can significantly impact businesses’ bottom lines.”

Dave A. Barrett
Director of Talent Management, Cascade Engineering, Inc.
Grand Rapids, Michigan

“I practice pediatrics in neighborhood clinics that primarily serve low-income families. But it took an “aha!” moment at a Bridges workshop to help me understand what my patients were up against. Now I am a much stronger advocate for change in our policies and procedures in delivering healthcare to those in poverty.”

Jane Goleman, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, Ohio



Si usted no creció en situación de pobreza, tal vez no conozca las “reglas ocultas” que gobiernan muchos aspectos de la vida de aquéllos que viven en pobreza. Las personas en situación de pobreza viven en un constante estado de sobrevivencia, y los sistemas de apoyo que se dan por merecidos en la clase media y en la clase pudiente no existen. Si su negocio, dependencia, u organización trabaja con personas en situación de pobreza, una mayor y más profunda comprensión de los retos que enfrentan, así como sus fortalezas- le ayudarán a crear alianzas con ellos y a generar oportunidades de éxito para todos.

Puentes para Salir de la Pobreza es una herramienta singularmente poderosa diseñada para profesionales en las áreas de servicios sociales, legales y de salud. Basado en parte en el trabajo aniquilador de mitos de la Dra. Ruby Payne Un Marco para Entender la Pobreza, el libro Puentesllega a millones de empresas y proveedores de servicios cuyo trabajo diario les conecta con personas que viven en situación de pobreza. En esta obra encontrará estudios de caso, análisis detallados, ejercicios y tablas útiles, y soluciones específicas que usted y su organización pueden poner en práctica hoy mismo para:

– Re-diseñar programas con el fin de servir de manera óptima a las personas con las que trabaja.
– Desarrollar conjuntos de habilidades para que los gerentes/administradores puedan guiar a sus empleados.
– Optimizar la capacitación del personal de primera línea como lo son recepcionistas, encargados de casos y gerentes/administradores.
– Mejorar los resultados del tratamiento en el cuidado de la salud y la salud mental.
– Aumentar las posibilidades para que las personas dejen la asistencia social y tengan acceso a un trabajo.

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