Poverty isn’t just a major issue in developing nations. It exists right down the street from where many of us live. In fact, Philadelphia has the worst poverty rate among the top-10 largest cities in the United States. Approximately 440,000 Philadelphia residents currently fall below the federal poverty line. 39 percent of that demographic are children!
As an organization committed to providing the funds our partner charities need to do their good works, it’s alarming to see these statics. So, what can we do to combat this problem?
We’ve made a commitment to working with partner charities like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia (SVdP). With an extensive history reaching back well over 50 years, SVdP is known for neighbors helping neighbors and making differences in the community.
SVdP of Philadelphia currently consists of more than 500 volunteers involved throughout the Delaware Valley region. Some examples of neighbors helping neighbors include home visits, holiday dinners, gift drives, and transportation for elderly citizens.
But one of the most important SVdP initiatives to help neighbors in need is: Bridges Out Of Poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty is a personalized workshop offered as part of the U.S. National Society of SVdP’s Systemic Change goals. These goals are intended to emphasize concepts, strategies, and approaches to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty on both an individual and community level.
The workshop is based on the book: “Bridges Out of Poverty” by Ruby Payne, Phil DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith. The book’s purpose provides a better understanding of different economic classes – including wealthy environments, the middle class, and most of all, poverty.
This single-day workshop combines video presentations, discussion groups, and Q&A sessions. SVdP hopes to include not only its own members, but also other similar-minded organizations which serve the poor in the Philadelphia area.
On behalf of our new and growing partnership with SVdP of Philadelphia, we’re always excited for more opportunities to get involved in our community together! Bridges Out of Poverty is just one of many ways we can all benefit from learning more about how to approach the issue of poverty.