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BRIDGES OF HOPE ALLEGAN COUNTY

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Purpose:

An encourager’s purpose is to aid, as a development strategy, in carving a path of success for a person on their journey to exit poverty. Encouragers should be supportive adults for mentees, to foster positive, healthy development. Encouragers are to cultivate a positive relationship with mentees to guide and support them in their lives, mostly focusing on the areas of building their own path to a good-paying job, stable housing, and the ability to save for a rainy day.

Responsibilities of the Encourager:

  • View introductory Training Video
  • Become familiar with the Enneagram - Link will be shared to do your own assessment.
  • Review book, "The Road Back to You" - Provided by Bridges of Hope
  • Preferably have a one-on-one meeting prior to workshop with the Building the Bridge facilitator.
  • Attend 16 - session Building the Bridge workshop (twice/week for 6 weeks). Building the Bridge workshops typically meet for 2-1/2 hours twice a week for approximately 6 weeks or for 2-1/2 hours once a week for 12 weeks. Workshop sessions can be held during the day or in the evening. A session at the end is for a completion celebration.
  • Assist Building the Bridge participants as they build resources and work on overcoming barriers to stability and self-sustainability.
  • Share knowledge or skill (ex. financial planning, parenting, resume writing, etc.)
  • Listen, suggest, encourage and support participants
  • Request recommendations of community resources (through our organization), as needed.
  • Continue relationships following workshop.
  • Must pass a Criminal Background Check (provided free-of-charge by Bridges of Hope, Allegan County) and sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
See our website for more information on our workshops: www.bridgesofhopeallegancounty.org

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About BRIDGES OF HOPE ALLEGAN COUNTY

Location:

108 E GRANT ST, PLAINWELL, MI 49080, US

Mission Statement

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

Description

We seek to establish relationships that provide encouragement and support in setting and attaining goals, so that people in or near poverty can rise above their circumstances, becoming economically stable and contributing to a thriving community. Our workshop approach enables participants to reflect upon and assess both themselves and their circumstances, to learn new ways of thinking about their challenges, and to set goals. All of this takes place in a safe and supportive environment where they are treated as experts on their own lives, rather than being expected to passively receive information and follow customary rules.

Both personal experience and data-based research show us that poverty is complex - it is not just about managing finances. Rather, poverty is a lack of resources. Resources that can be mental, physical, emotional, social, cultural, or spiritual. They include things like trust, motivation, persistence, relationships, perspective, and resiliency. Access to these resources leads to walking away from poverty.

Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Various Places in Allegan CountyPlainwell, Otsego, Wayland, MI 49080

(42.44004,-85.6489)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Workshop duration is twice/week for 8 weeks, 2.5 hours each session. Follow up with workshop participants as needed.

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