Bridges Community Workshop


Applying Bridges Workshop
Tuesday, April 28, 2020; 8:30am – 3:30pm 
Heartland Community Church, 1280 S Alpine Rd, Rockford

Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. aha! Process’s Bridges Out of Poverty community support program provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

Bridges Out of Poverty Community Workshops are known for changing the way people think about poverty and economic class. People have “aha” moments that deepen into insights that are so powerful that there is no going back to their old way of thinking. These in turn deepen into paradigm shifts that alter every aspect of their work on poverty. Communities that use the Bridges constructs recognize that to address poverty effectively we must engage the whole community.  

This workshop moves communities toward sustainability where everyone can live well. By discussing the four areas of research into the causes of poverty, the workshop deepens understanding of the costs to communities.  All sectors and economic classes need to be at the table and speaking the same language, and this workshop is the foundation of that ongoing work.

The goal is to build a comprehensive approach to reducing poverty.
• Develop a community- and relationship-based approach to poverty.
• Create a structure to support and maintain the initiative.
• Engage all classes, sectors, and political persuasions.

Presenter: Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A.Ed. has been an author/consultant with aha! Process since 1997 and is experienced in bringing diverse audiences to new understandings and paradigms with practical knowledge, humor, and sincerity. Terie has years of both direct and midlevel management experience working with youth and adults in poverty. Her areas of expertise are health and wellness initiatives, K–12 education, higher education, alcohol and other drug prevention, community youth development, and community wellness. 

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