What participants are saying:
I have been raised in a cycle of generational poverty with many members still there. This training and your organization will continue to make a difference. Thank you.
I have worked in Community Corrections for over 21 years now, and thought I knew about most of the problems homelessness creates for our already challenged population. I found out I really had no idea of the day to day difficulties people in poverty have to deal with…I was not expecting the evening to be so impactful, but quickly realized is has the potential to change lives. It certainly changed mine.
Helped me understand not only the families I work with, but people in general.
Showed me how stressful it can be to be in poverty and also ways we can help reduce that.
Demonstrated just how much stigma is attached to poverty in our culture.
See more clearly how close myself and my family are to being just like those I serve.
Be aware of people’s situations to make sure they don’t feel be-littled.
I will continue to advocate, hear, fight for the people I work with.
Very good information. Help to be more aware of the families we work with.
I loved the stories coming from real people who made it out.
Working with <families> in poverty is a huge balancing act. This training helped me remember to be gentle, but to ask questions.
The activity was very helpful in communicating the hardships of poverty and struggles.
Loved the interaction as groups to show how everyone comes from different perspectives in life.
I liked that someone who came from poverty spoke as well – it puts things into a new perspective.
The variety of examples and activities were effective and eye opening.
This training is important for everyone because it shows a small look into the life of poverty. I think it builds compassion and understanding.
When people understand the different aspects of poverty, it helps give them more compassion in working with people in that situation.
Helps us understand people living in poverty, and their situation.
Provide empathy, understanding, and knowledge to service providers. It was good to have people who live this life at our table — we got to hear real life struggles.
Educating our community and having the ability to see other paradigms and understand without judging first. Be proactive.
Great changes come first from education. This is a powerful educational tool.
When more people become aware — more will find ways to help solve this problem.
It encourages empathy and greater understanding.
Educate the public more to get personally invested after somewhat experiencing homelessness/poverty.
By having the providers live this way — this may reinforce compassion and empathy toward those we serve.
I think it is a huge benefit. The more people that take this class the better.
I think all front line staff and caseworkers should go through this training.
Helping families and individuals relate to others living in poverty and teach skills to others.
More people are now aware at what experiencing poverty is like.
Helps the community work together to feel the emotion of crisis.
This could unify the poverty-stricken population with the social service providers to help fix problems with the system.
Service providers will be more understanding and start networking to improve outreach and services.
I would like to see people or businesses that do not work in the nonprofit area to participate in this type of awareness.
Very beneficial. Ignorance is a blind eye to the realities in our community.
A better awareness for community on how poverty affects those <around> them.
Making people more aware of the challenges while leading to more compassion.
An increased awareness can lead to opportunities for solutions.
Gives a better understanding of how our agencies communicate with our members.
Very valuable, would love to see it done in high schools.
People in charge of policy making should participate.
It is an opportunity to connect people to the frustrations of people in poverty.