Our mission is to foster relationships with individuals desiring to move out of poverty by providing tools, support, education, and connections to community resources.

Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead December 2015 Graduation - 7

Getting Ahead is a 10-module workshop using “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’-By World” by Philip DeVol. The workshop helps individuals in poverty build their own path to a good-paying job, stable housing, and the ability to save for a rainy day. Participants are treated as the experts on their own lives, rather than expected to passively soak up information professionals deems as necessary for improvement.

A $10 stipend is paid to participants at each session and an additional $50 is awarded after completion of the program. A simple meal is provided at each session, as well as transportation and childcare as needed. To fill out an Interest Application or download a PDF version of the form, click here.

R Rules

R RulesR Rules is an 11-module workshop, using “The R Rules: A guide for teens to identify and build resources” by Elizabeth Souther, designed specifically for middle and high school aged students. The workshop, like Getting Ahead, helps individuals in poverty build their resources and a future plan. Participants are treated as the experts on their own lives, rather than expected to passively soak up information professionals deems as necessary for improvement.

A stipend is paid to participants at each session and a lump sum based on attendance is awarded after completion of the program.

Staying Ahead

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Staying Ahead is a support program for Getting Ahead and R Rules graduates interested in going further. Encouragers circle around each individual in order to strengthen their skills as they connect them with people and resources so they can become self-sufficient and walk out of poverty. A meal, transportation, and childcare are typically offered for these meetings.

Bridges out of Poverty

Bridges out of Poverty

Bridges out of Poverty is a workshop offered to community leaders and professionals. Utilizing Ruby Payne’s book, “Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities,” attendees learn how to build accurate mental models of poverty, discover and understand the “hidden rules” among economic classes, and improve agency policies and internal procedures to break down barriers that make it difficult for individuals to improve their lives. To fill out an Interest Application or download a PDF version of the form, click here.

Increasing Local Awareness

Bridges of Hope, Allegan County seeks to inform local agencies of our activities and the impact of poverty in the community.

Thank you for visiting. Please explore our website to learn more about Bridges of Hope, Allegan County.

Bridges of Hope United Way Partner

We gained United Way Partner Agency status in December 2016.

Bridges of Hope Clearwater Financial

Clearwater Financial graciously donates the office space we occupy.

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