May 18, 2011

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.

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)