Bridges Out of Poverty

Determined to change: Let’s bridge the gap between poverty and stability.

Bridges Out Of Poverty Initiatives

When it comes to addressing poverty we talk the talk. And walk the walk.

A breakthrough approach to breaking the cycle of poverty.
We examine the issue from inside and outside point-of-views. We encourage empathy for the single mom and others who may be going to school and working 2 jobs to feed their families. We connect people from different social and economic backgrounds, local businesses and organizations through understanding and a shared desire to end poverty in their community.

Getting Ahead

We believe people are problem solvers. With the right support, they can get ahead.

By identifying the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of economic class, and the resources needed for a better quality of life, we help people make plans and accomplish their goals as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

With empowerment comes rewarding results.

People who once felt hopeless or ignored are making decisions about moving ahead. They’re offering their own ideas about their future, and teaming with others in the community who can help them realize their dreams.

Get more information about sponsoring a “Getting Ahead” family

Staying Ahead

Once clients have identified the causes of instability and have developed plans for their future through Getting Ahead, the next step is Staying Ahead.

Staying Ahead is a program for motivated graduates offering resource based support as clients establish their goals to achieve self-sufficiency. Support will include educational workshops on each of the resources identified in the Getting Ahead class, as well as encouragement towards the achievement of established goals.

Poverty simulations

“You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.”
— from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Being poor is a daily struggle that needs to be understood.
This program gives people a first-hand look at what it’s like to live in poverty. With simulated versions of government offices and social services, they gain a deeper understanding of the frustration, stress, and turmoil that people with low incomes experience day-to-day.

As more people experience poverty through the simulation, more empathy is felt.
College students, teachers, church leaders, elected officials and more have all participated in this game-changing program — and not having enough resources is something they’ll never forget.

For more information on conducting a poverty simulation, contact Sarah Jacobi at 570-933-6059 or email

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