What We Get To Do

August 11, 2016

Poverty Training Debrief Work

This last May was a trav­el­ing month for us! We were able to edu­cate Ore­go­ni­ans all over the state with our Poverty Aware­ness Training.

It was a great oppor­tu­nity to see lots of beau­ti­ful coun­try, and meet and work with com­pas­sion­ate and car­ing folks from numer­ous com­mu­ni­ties and organizations.

It is hard to call out a favorite or most reward­ing piece of the work we do.  Some of the most imme­di­ate feed­back we get is dur­ing small group work dur­ing our train­ing ses­sion. We usu­ally do some small group work after we have explored data, resources and bar­ri­ers in the com­mu­nity we are train­ing.  We typ­i­cally do this in both a lec­ture and expe­ri­en­tial format.

One of the com­mu­ni­ties we worked in recently did some small group work explor­ing the bar­ri­ers that poverty presents to their clients and patients.  I wanted to share it with you as it sum­ma­rizes so much on one page (check out the image on this blog entry)!

We find so much in com­mon with how peo­ple describe the chal­lenges of poverty across our state. How­ever, it is impor­tant to note that each com­mu­nity we work with has their own unique set of chal­lenges and resources avail­able to address poverty. It is with this acknowl­edge­ment and cus­tomized approach that we feel our train­ing can best serve each com­mu­nity we work with!

Learn more about bring­ing poverty aware­ness train­ing to your organization!

-Lori Beamer, Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions and Outreach

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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)