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Bridges Out of Poverty Trainings

December 02, 2014 Category: Uncategorized

Bridges Out of Poverty Training Sessions – Don’t Miss Out in 2015!

When you work with someone in need, do you wonder why they make certain choices?  Do you wish they would experience faster success?  Do you give them ‘the look’ when they just don’t get it?  If so, this training is for you.  Bridges Out of Poverty teaches people from generational middle class or wealth the ‘hidden rules’ that govern different aspects of our lives in order to better understand the challenges faced by people in poverty, build partnerships with those living in poverty, and create opportunities for success.

We offer Bridges Out of Poverty training sessions in a 5 week series, a 3 day series, and a weekend workshop series, too. The 2015 dates for all of these can be found on our calendar. If you are interested in having us provide this training for your staff and/or volunteers, we have the capacity to offer this option to 4 businesses/organizations per  year. Contact Jessica@compassioncoalition.org or 865.251.1591 extension 8 for more information.

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World Classes

November 25, 2013 Category: Uncategorized

Getting Ahead Classes – Apply Now!

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a step-by-step process for people who live in poverty, giving individuals the opportunity to investigate their lives on their own terms.  During sixteen 2-hour sessions, Getting Ahead participants, known as Investigators, discover why they are in their situation, develop a plan to get themselves to a more stable life, and begin to build relationships that will help ensure sustainability as they go.  Anyone struggling to find hope and make ends meet should contact Jessica@compassioncoalition.org or 251.1591 x8 for information on signing up for a Getting Ahead class.

We are currently collecting applications for the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World classes to be held in the spring of 2015. Each 16-session class will meet for 2 hours, and both a meal or snacks and child care are provided. Transportation assistance is available, and participants, known as Investigators, will be expected to explore information that is relevant to their lives and provide valuable information to our community. The Investigators are compensated for their time, participation, and information. In partnership with a variety of entities planning to hold the Getting Ahead classes, we will offer them in a variety of locations in our community. Between now and the end of this year we are fast at work planning out all of the details. As soon as we have them, we will share them with you.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for an upcoming Getting Ahead class, please fill out the Getting Ahead Application and return it in to us. We will contact each applicant to come in for an interview.

Our *FIRST*  Getting Ahead class graduated on November 3, 2013, and we couldn’t be prouder of our class of 7, pictured here:

There have been 9 more classes to graduate since our inaugural class, and 3 are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. There are lots of ways to connect with our Getting Ahead class Graduates. For more information, please email jessica@compassioncoalition.org.

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