Meet People Where They Are

Submitted by Donna on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:24
Dr. Beegle and recent coaches

Here are five actions you can take to meet people where they are and assist in eliminating poverty:

Get poverty knowledge

Understand the history of poverty in the U.S.A., and how we got to where we are in our actions/beliefs about poverty. Read my research on different types of poverty and how each impacts people differently. Research and know the facts to dispel the myths and stereotypes. Study evidence based best practices that work to fight the poverty, not the people.

Hope and Confidence are the Wings for Gaining a Skill/Education

Submitted by Donna on Tue, 05/28/2019 - 23:19
clouds from 30 thousand feet

On the first day of the pilot Women In Transition (WIT) program, the four-member, all-women staff began by sharing their own life experiences. My 26-year-old self was amazed. Because I had only known people from generational poverty, I had never heard the life story of a middle-class person before. I learned that most of the WIT staff members lived in one house their whole childhood. They had gone to the same school for more than three or four months--which is something I had never done. I learned that they had never been hungry, nor watched family members treated badly or arrested.

What One Man Went Through to Get a Driver's License

Submitted by Donna on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:00
photo of car with broken turn signal

Bill (not his real name) had a lifetime of poverty. He could only find work in temporary and low-paying jobs because he had a limited education from high-poverty schools. Driving was his only way to get where he needed to be able to make a meager amount of money. His driver's license was suspended many times for driving without car insurance - which he could not afford.

Health Care Looks Very Different When You Live in the Crisis of Poverty

Submitted by Donna on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:48
Juliette and Melvin

It was the second week of December 2014 in Portland when I called my brother Melvin. I asked him to come stay a few days to help with our Institutes. He never said "No," so he came to help us set up. He was planning to leave early Sunday morning to travel the 90 minutes to his home. I asked him to stay and go to the Christmas tree farm with us. He said his leg was bothering him, but he would go.