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    Bridges Out of Poverty & Getting Ahead


    Bridges Out of Poverty – Purpose and Philosophy 


    Bridges Out of Poverty is a lens through which individuals can view themselves, their clients, and the community. It teaches individuals how to think about changes that can be made to break down barriers that are sustaining poverty. Not having enough money is only one aspect of poverty. Poverty is a lack of resources in many areas. People in poverty are often in survival mode, driven by the tyranny of the moment, where the future holds no promise, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are non-existent. A deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths, help us partner with clients to create opportunities for growth and success.



    The video below is a good illustration of the challenges an individual has to become self-sufficient and to no longer rely on public assistance. The Lynchburg statistics vary somewhat, but the basic concept remains the same. There is a large gap between living while receiving benefits and living independent of assistance. Bridges to Progress is working on bridging this gap for the citizens of Lynchburg.



    To request a Bridges Out of Poverty trainer contact Joan Phelps at joan.phelps@unitedwaycv.org.

     







    Getting Ahead Classes


    This workshop is for people who are living in poverty or unstable situations. It is about building financial stability and a better future for yourself. You will investigate your own situation, assess your strengths and weaknesses, build resources, and create a personal plan that is right for you.



    Getting Ahead Classes:  Sept. 9-Oct. 30, 2019



    Tired of scraping by to make ends meets? This may be the class for you.



    We are looking for 12 Lynchburg residents to attend an eight-week class Sept. 9 to Oct. 30, 2019, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Parkview Mission, 2420 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501.



    This class is for people who are living in poverty or unstable situations. It is about building financial stability and a better future. You will investigate your own situation, assess your strengths and weaknesses, build resources, and create a personal plan that is right for you.



    Participants come with their own life experiences, skills, ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Learning comes from the materials provided AND the discussions in the group. Come prepared to share and participate. No one will tell you what to think or do, evaluate you, or hand you a plan. You will become the problem solver in your own life.



    Expectations include being on time, being an active part of group discussions, doing homework, and attending every class (16 classes, 3 hours each).



    Participant Benefits

    All course materials and lunch are provided, and bus passes as needed.

    Free, onsite childcare is offered while you are in class.

    If you complete the class, you will receive $350 to $400 at graduation.



    Call Shannon Brennan at 434-221-6244 for more information.



    Sponsored by the City of Lynchburg and Park View Community Mission


    Click here to apply


    Become a Certified Facilitator  


    Visit these links for more information on how you can become a certified facilitator for Gettin Ahead Classes: