What is Building Bridges?
This is a community uniting to impact the futures of our neighbors and friends who are caught trying to survive in the daily struggles of poverty. This Southeast Iowa initiative uses the constructs of “Bridges Out Of Poverty", which breaks poverty down into a simple definition.
Poverty is the degree to which people do without the 11 key resources they need to live sustainable lives.
Bridges helps a community address, create and make those 11 key resources available to all people in all ways.
Who is involved?
Currently, many businesses, organizations, churches and schools are involved in this process, including Southeastern Community College. Building Bridges is represented in almost every place in our area and it has one goal. We are committed to working together as one community “army” that impacts the lives of all people in our area.
What does Building Bridges look like?
Building Bridges takes many forms and has many opportunities to make a difference.
- “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” - A 16 week class for adults caught in the struggles of poverty. Classes meet once a week on Tuesdays evenings at the Loft.
- "Staying Ahead Team" - People, who already are living sustainable lives, partner with graduates of the "Getting Ahead" program. Each team helps each graduate build those 11 resources we all need to live sustainable lives.
- Community Training - Ongoing training for all who want to help fight the problem of poverty in our community. Bridges trainings are offered continually as an introduction to the Bridges Constructs. After April, organization will be able to take advantages of Bridges trainings coming into their organizations and training all employees, leaders, etc.
- Funding and raising funds - We continue to seek funding for the Bridges Initiative through grants and other organizations.
- Making area resources available to all - We have incredible resources for those in need in Southeast Iowa. The key is removing hurdles that keep those needing the resources from getting them. We are working on getting those resources under one umbrella making them easily accessible to all.
What Is It?
An opportunity to explore the world through the lens of economic class and develop your own future story.
What Do I Do?
Work in groups to investigate your life and develop a plan for your future.
What Will I Learn?
• “Hidden rules of class”
• Resources everyone needs
• How to move toward a sustainable future
Who Should Attend?
Any person who finds themselves caught in the struggles of poverty.
Recent Getting Ahead Graduates were asked, “Would you recommend Getting Ahead to others, and if so –why?”
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“Yes. Because it helped me a lot and opened doors for me that I didn't know were there for me."
”This class was a great experience for me and everything I learned I will carry with me always.”
“I’ve learned that the world is for everyone!”