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A Proven Way to Counter Poverty

Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:51 PM | Katena Cain (Administrator)



Katena Cain

Management Consultant

Katena@nonprofnetwork.org





Bridges Out of Poverty is the most important work that I do as an employee at Nonprofit Network. We have been teaching this model to organizations and individuals for over three years, training city staff, hospital residents, housing sector employees, school districts, medical professionals, police departments, and so many more. 


That’s 30 organizations and over 3,000 individuals.


Bridges Out of Poverty is a proven way to counter poverty and its impact on people and businesses in your community. And it’s working.


In fact, here are the immediate changes one group that serves and employs people living in deep poverty implemented as a result of our work with them:


  • All employees can request half of their paycheck early to help prevent the need for payday loan services
  • All forms have been rewritten in plain language
  • To increase staff's accessibility to residents that cannot take time off work, staff now works four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
  • Baskets of toiletries, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies are available to staff


In September 2017, an updated revision of Bridges out of Poverty resources and materials were released. I traveled to St. Louis and spent three days immersed in the content and sharpening my skills and knowledge as a certified trainer of the Bridges material. This training and the updated material have changed the way I teach Bridges Out of Poverty. If you have already been to a training, it’s time for you to come back for a refresher and new insights.


If you haven’t experienced Bridges Out of Poverty before – or are ready to take the next step – then now is the time to take action. The insights and strategies you learn have the potential to transform your entire community.


Nonprofit Network’s vision is to transform nonprofits to transform the world, and this work is making that vision a reality.


For more information on Bridges or to sign up for an upcoming public workshop—there’s one on the November 28th—visit our website or reach out to me. I love to talk about this work.





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