Bridges Out of Poverty

Strategies for professionals & communities to understand poverty

Your organization can be a catalyst for change. United Way of Greater Stark County’s Bridges Out of Poverty workshops help participants understand the causes of poverty and how we can address it in our community. Bridges workshops focus on how a person can get to the point of having a future story through creating choices and developing his or her own power. It focuses on a framework for understanding poverty and appreciating economic diversity. If we can just shift our thinking about economics, then we have the power to shape our reality. The program explores the hidden rules of each economic class, mental models of economic class, language barriers, family structure and more.

Every day in our community families face the reality of poverty:

  • 21,741 households (14.3%) in Stark County live below the poverty line, living paycheck-to-paycheck with no clear path to a more stable future. (Source: U.S. Census Data 2013-2017)
  • 39,449 households in Greater Stark County qualify as ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These families earn income above federal poverty line but still can’t afford basic needs like housing, food, transportation, child care and health care. (Source: United Way ALICE Report 2015)
  • $13.79 = average hourly wage one must earn in a 40-hour work week to afford the Fair Market Rent of $717/mo. for a 2-bedroom apartment. The average Stark County renter’s wage is $10.89/hour.
  • For an individual earning minimum wage of $8.30, they would need to work 1.7 full-time jobs (68 hours per week) to afford 2-bedroom Fair Market Rent. (Source: National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2018).

United Way of Greater Stark County is creating a path to financial stability and independence for our neighbors. This workshop supplies the tools, training and guidance we need to better understand generational poverty and how to break barriers between economic classes. If we work together, we can eliminate poverty in our community.

Why take a workshop?

Bridges workshops supply the tools, training, insight, access and guidance to help people better understand generational poverty - the first steps to eliminating poverty in our community. Our workshops train businesses, organizations, local leadership and individuals to break down the barriers between the economic classes. Bridges Out of Poverty training can be used at all levels: individual, institutional, community and policy. Bridges workshops give you specific tools to detect patterns and offers a set of concepts, that when utilized, can assist with matching solutions to complex problems: Single challenge (Feed a person - operate a soup kitchen), Complex challenge: (Feed a community - run a food bank), and Complicated challenge (End hunger - solutions must be coordinated and collaborative).

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