An anti-poverty initiative will soon be implemented in Lewis County, with $250,000 in funding from the Lewis County Priorities Council and the Central New York Care Collaborative.
Bridges Out of Poverty, which has been running in Watertown, is a set of constructs, allowing for the establishment of common language and understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty.
This concept of poverty is then translated in the “Getting Ahead In a Just Gettin’ By World” workshops. Over the course of 16 weeks, a group of people, referred to as “investigators,” come together to investigate poverty in their own lives and in the community.
The goal of the workshop is to create a mental model of what their life is at the beginning of the class, and what they want it to be in the future.
The funding for the program in Lewis County starts in September. The program will be coordinated by the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living and the local Bridges Steering Committee, with partnerships from several other organizations.
Aileen G. Martin, executive director of the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, said she’s excited to see the impact the program will have on another county.
“No matter where it’s implemented, it’s absolutely a blessing,” Ms. Martin said. “Good things are already happening in Jefferson County, and we are hoping that the program will have the same impact on Lewis County.”
There will be many different ways to join the group in the upcoming months, but those interested can also email Ms. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.