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40 Million Americans

Monday, September 09, 2019 2:17 PM | Katena Cain (Administrator)

1 in 8 Americans is considered "officially poor." 33% of the U.S. poor are children.

According to the US Census Bureau's 2017 report, near 40 million Americans live in poverty.  40 million.  Does your organization serve those in poverty?

Poverty is a complex social, economic, and political issue that a "one-size-fits-all" approach fails to resolve.  Investing time to explore the research, listening to the stories of those in poverty, and discovering new ways of thinking about policies and systems will create better outcomes. 

One tool to begin this important journey is the Bridges Out of Poverty framework.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a family of concepts, workshops, and products that helps employers, communities, policy-makers, social service agencies, and individuals attend to poverty in a comprehensive way.  Bridges Out of Poverty brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to explore and discover all facets of poverty, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who seek to move out of poverty.  Bridges Out of Poverty brings awareness to the barriers that exist for under-resourced families and individuals. It provides the tools to build stable and sustainable communities for everyone.

Nonprofit Network is licensed to bring Bridges Out of Poverty to your community in a variety of ways.  We consistently present introductory workshops that are open to the public. Join us October 2nd. We strongly encourage you to attend. 

If you'd like to have a conversation about how we can train your organization in a customized session, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Your work is so important to the 40 million Americans living in poverty, and I am eager to explore how Bridges can improve your outcomes.

*Graphic credit: University of Michigan; https://poverty.umich.edu/about/poverty-facts/

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