Getting Ahead in the Valley
A Bridges Out of Poverty Program
Getting Ahead in the Valley is based on the Bridges Out of Poverty model—a framework for understanding poverty through the lens of economic class and addressing it in a comprehensive way.
Bridges Out of Poverty asks all sectors of the community―business, nonprofit, education, local governments, etc.―to come to the table, while engaging those living in poverty as problem solvers.
The Bridges program is designed to help communities:
Getting Ahead in the Valley is a 16-week group workshop that helps participants stabilize their situations and build resources to improve their lives.
The program guides participants through the process of assessing their own lives and circumstances and teaches them how to build those resources and how to develop tools and skills as part of their move to self-sufficiency.
Getting Ahead participants create their own plan for a sustainable life, build healthy relationships with others, set short- and long-term goals, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals.
Once goals are set, participants are matched with a volunteer ally who walks alongside them as they build a stable life.
Transportation and childcare are available if needed. A meal at each meeting is also included.
In Getting Ahead workshops, participants will
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Thanks, too, to these sponsors who have also contributed to this important and exciting program!