A workshop focused on a sustainable approach to helping the poor overcome their circumstances and gain access to the middle class is scheduled for Aug. 25 in Jackson.
“Bridges Out of Poverty: A Seminar to Build Our Community’s Capacity to Help the Poor,” will be held in Fowler Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 3921 Oak Ridge Drive in Jackson, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The non-denominational event is being hosted by a group of community volunteers called Central Mississippi Bridges Out of Poverty. Deborah Hanson, who organized the group, said ending poverty begins with understanding what it means to be poor from the perspective of those who inhabit that world.
“Since poverty is a problem that affects everyone, this training provides a framework for everyone to understand its causes and work for solutions,” Hanson said.
People who attend the workshop can continue their training in Bridges Out of Poverty methods and become facilitators for a series of classes aimed at the working poor. The classes help participants understand ways they can change their lives and the lives of their families. The first class of nine local women graduated in May.
The Aug. 25 event will feature Jodi Pfarr, a nationally known speaker/facilitator in Bridges Out of Poverty concepts. A $50 registration fee covers a workbook, lunch and refreshments.
Hanson said the workshop will be of special interest to social workers, teachers, nurses and clergy, but anyone interested in doing more to help the plight of the poor is welcome. Continuing education credits for certain professional disciplines are available.
Learn more about the event or register online at www.centralmsbridges.com.