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UMFS Partners To Eradicate Poverty

As part of our goal to partner with communities to eradicate poverty, UMFS’ Lynchburg Regional Center held a two-day training in May on Bridges Out of Poverty. The Bridges training offers a broad spectrum of workshops for reducing poverty and building community sustainability on the individual, institutional and community level.

Representatives from local departments of social services, court services units, local school districts, United Way and UMFS partner churches in Lynchburg learned how to collaboratively build and implement a community sustainability model to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty. The goal is to achieve a sustainable community in Lynchburg where everyone can live well. In the coming months, UMFS and partner agencies will become certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainers and will begin identifying people currently living in poverty to participate in the program.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a collaboration between Dr. Ruby Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Terie Dreussi Smith and Phil DeVol, an organizational consultant on poverty issues.

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