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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Cost of Poverty Experience, COPE

March 10, 2015 Category: Uncategorized

Mark your calendar for Tuesday March 31st from 2 – 5 pm at Fellowship Church and be sure to register HERE!

Poverty is an epidemic in the United States affecting an estimated 46 million Americans. Knox County is no different than the rest of the US. Though we have a thriving community with much wealth and growth, one out of six in our county lives in poverty.

For those of us who do not fall into the poverty category we most likely have a very difficult time truly understanding what life is like for those who do. The Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.), created by Think Tank, Inc., is an event that offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the community. It is a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day.

Knox County Poverty Stats

Knox County Poverty According to the 2011 American Community Survey

C.O.P.E. represents the lives of REAL families who live in poverty who have graciously given their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to REAL people, REAL situations, and REAL barriers that exist. COPE also captures the role that the broader community plays in impacting families living in poverty and how policies and systems help or hinder their progress.

We are excited to bring C.O.P.E. to the Knoxville community in partnership with The Restoration House.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday March 31st from 2 – 5 pm at Fellowship Church and be sure to register HERE!

Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)


March 09, 2015 Category: Uncategorized

APRIL 23rd:
Our Salt & Light Luncheon has been rescheduled for April 23rd after two weather cancellations! Please be sure to RSVP for the new date even if you signed up for an earlier date. The luncheon will introduce you to Volunteer Knoxville (VK)—an exciting new networking center in Knoxville!  VK’s mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action that changes the world by making it easier to be involved in building communities and helping our neighbors. This is an opportunity to find just the right place to use your time and talents to make a difference in Knoxville. The luncheon is 11:30-1:00 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, 37919. A $5 donation for lunch is asked, payable at the door. Please RSVP to Gina: 251.1591 x2 or gina@compassioncoalition.org.

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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