Bridges Out of Poverty offers a new way to view the issue of poverty through the Triple Lens approach: 1) Individual, 2) Community, and 3) Structural/Policy.  This framework offers tools and resources that equip you to

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

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops:

Upcoming Sessions

    • Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Presented Online for Jackson MI and the surrounding area communities
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    What is Bridges Out of Poverty?

    "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)

    Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.

    To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.

    Session Content 

    This 4-hour overview seminar aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

    • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
    • Mental Models of Economic Class
    • Hidden Rules
    • Resources

    Bridges Out of Poverty is large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  We therefore offer this 4-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  

    Designed for -

    Appropriate and relevant for anyone who live sin and serves the Jackson Mi community and has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well.

    A common outcome of this session is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocate for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the "Triple Lens approach". 

    Testimonials - What did you like most about this session?

    "Eye-opening awareness of what's lacking in our own community."

    "Wow, I have middle-class bias I was not even aware of even though I'm one paycheck away from poverty myself."

    "Made me think of all the ways I could help my community."

    "Katena is fabulous, she really raises awareness and created new thoughts."

    "The group-work sessions and collaboration!"

    "The passion and personal experiences of the presenter."

    "The global situations brought home using local statistics."

    "The suggestions of changes that can be made, even small one's in the work-place to better serve the community and individuals we're hoping to assist."

    Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions - FREE

    Because of Funding Provided by:

    General Registration: $0.00

    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy

    Bridges Certified Facilitator

    Learn more about Katena

    Katena Cain, PhD.

    Nonprofit Management Consultant

    Katena is a professional consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. She is a management consultant with Nonprofit Network where she is skilled in cognitive coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit. Additionally, Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things.

    At Nonprofit Network, Katena’s ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services. Her training, coaching and consulting services have been experienced with rave reviews by leaders in Michigan’s nonprofit sector.


    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Online (You will need a computer, notebook or tablet)
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    The more you understand about embezzlement, the easier it is to recognize the signs and take steps to keep your company's financial assets secure. Treasurers, Finance Committee members, Board Members, Executive Directors and Bookkeepers will all gain critical information about managing your nonprofits financial resources and futures. 

    A Board's primary responsibility is protecting the assets of the organization and the most common embezzlement is by employees or internal staff. Come learn how to spot signs of embezzlement or misuse of funds, how to protect your business, steps you should take and how to get the most out of your audit. 

    In this online session we will discuss:

    1.    Raising the awareness that embezzlement does happen

    2.    Encouraging leaders to give high priority to instituting safeguards against embezzlement 

    3.    Debunking the myth that having an audit fixes the problem

    4.    Providing some tools/structure for participants to employ back at their shop to enhance safeguards.

    Costs: Nonprofit Network Members $25

      ~Guests of Members $15

    $40.00 Future Members

    ~Additional non-member from same organization $30



    Regina Pinney
    Nonprofit Network Executive Director

    Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

    She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

    Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 

    Tony Curtis - NN Board Member

    Tony joined the board in 2019 and serves on the Finance Committee.  Tony retired from The Cardinal Group as the CFO.  Prior to that he was a Rehmann Principal, and served Rehmann for 20 years. Tony also serves as on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer of Compassionate Ministries and serves on the Finance Committee of Lily Missions. 

    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.





































Interested in having your organization trained in Bridges Out of Poverty?

Nonprofit Network is recognized as a Local Authorized Consultant agency by 

Aha! Process, Inc., the owners of the Bridges Out of Poverty framework.  

Our certified trainers are available to host workshops and facilitate conversations using the Bridges model and framework.  

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