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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 Online Classes: September 14 to November 4, 2020

    We are looking for 10 Lynchburg residents who are living in poverty or unstable situations.
     
    We will explore how to build a better future for you. You will investigate your own situation, assess your strengths and weaknesses, build resources, and create a personal plan that is right for you.

    Learning in this course comes from the materials provided and the discussions that happen in the group. Be 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, 2 hours each with an additional hour of independent study). Access to Internet for Zoom classes required, via phone or PC.

    You cannot miss more than two classes. You will be paid for your time and participation. If you complete the class without any absences, you will receive $400. Each absence deducts $25.

    Space limited.

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

    Sponsored by the City of Lynchburg.

    Click here to apply

    Become a Certified Facilitator  

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