Bemidji United Way Explores Economic Classes With “Bridges Out of Poverty”

Bemidji United Way Explores Economic Classes With “Bridges Out of Poverty”


FOR A SMOOTHER RIDE.>>>THE UNITED WAY OF BEMIDJI AREA PRESENTED A WORKSHOP TODAY THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW CLASS IMPACTS A COMMUNITY AND WHAT ONE CAN DO TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE. DESTINY WIGGINS TELLS US MORE ON BRIDGES OUT OF A POVERTY.>>BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY IS A WORKSHOP THAT OFFERS A NEW WAY TO VIEW THE ISSUES OF POVERTY THROUGH AN APPROACH WHICH IS TAUGHT THROUGH INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY AND STRUCTURAL SLASH POLICY.>>BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY IS A BOOK. IT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS AND COMMUNITIES TO REALLY RELOOK AT HOW CLASS IMPACTS US AND HOW ARE WE DOING OUR WORK OUT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS MINDSET AND IF WE’RE WORKING WITH FOLKS IN POVERTY IS THERE A MISMATCH AND HOW IN OUR COMMUNITY WE CREATE A TABLE WHERE FOLKS IN POVERTY, MIDDLE CLASS AND WEALTH CAN ALL COME TOGETHER AND HAVE VOICE.>>THE WORKSHOP WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE UNITED WAY WHOSE ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY IS TO BRING TOGETHER AND TO HELP EVERYONE HAVE ACCESS, FUNDS AND RESOURCES THEY NEED TO HELP OTHERS.>>THERE’S A GROUP OF US WHO WANTED TO BRING BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. JODI’S BEEN HERE BEFORE, BUT IT’S BEEN A WHILE, AND AS DIFFERENT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES ARE HAPPENING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE TAKEN CARE OF.>>ACCORDING TO TO PFARR, THE WORKSHOP IS INTENDED FOR TWO REASONS, ONE IS FOR ATTENDEES TO HAVE A PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING ON HOW THEIR ECONOMIC CLASS IMPACTS THEIR VIEW ON THINGS AS WELL AS TO GAIN IDEAS AS TO WHAT OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE DOING TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD HERE IN BEMIDJI.>>ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I CAME TODAY IS BECAUSE I WORK WITH THE PUBLIC. I WORK WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DO LIVE IN POVERTY. I THINK ATTENDING TODAY’S SEMINAR WILL ONLY HELP ME GROW IN MY CAREER AS TO BETTER HELP SERVE THE LESSER PART OF THE COMMUNITY OR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN POVERTY. I LEARNED A LOT TODAY >>THE WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON SEVERAL KEY POINTS, POINTS THAT RANGE FROM ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTS TO SITUATIONAL POVERTY AND HOW THE TWO DIFFER AS WELL AS UNDERSTANDING AND HAVING A MUTUAL RESPECT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A DIFFERENT ECONOMIC BACKGROUND AS YOU.>>I HOPE THAT EVERYONE HAD — HAS SOME SORT OF NEW PERSPECTIVE. WE ALL SHOULD HAVE NEW EYES AND NEW IDEAS OF WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN US.>>ACCORDING TO WELFARE INFO, ONE OUT OF FOUR BEMIDJI RESIDENTS ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. THAT IS WHY PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED TODAY’S WORKSHOP ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND WANT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYONE’S LIFE IS DIFFERENT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT HOW WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI, DESTINY WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THIS IS THE UNITED WAY’S

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