Entire communities of people live in a constant state of poverty while their neighboring communities enjoy abundant wealth. The communities are separated leaving gaps: gaps in wealth; gaps in education; and ultimately, gaps in life. The only way to retrench these gaps is to build bridges that traffic benefits for both communities. East Texas Human Needs Network is working to build these kind of bridges in the East Texas community, and the year 2015 will usher in these changes.
ETHNN is adopting the Bridges to Sustainable Communities framework for ending poverty in East Texas. The framework requires citizens, businesses, and governments all working together to create a community in which everyone has the opportunity to make livable wages, afford housing, and obtain help when needed. It begins with community professionals and leaders working to find solutions.
Follow this series of posts that will discuss the 15 topics outlined in Bridges Out of Poverty, co-authored by Ruby Payne, Philip DeVol, and Terie Smith. Learn about the benefits of building the aforementioned bridges and the strategies for building them. Also, comment to give feedback or suggestions, and always feel free to join ETHNN face-to-face the 2nd Monday of each month from 1-3 PM at the Salvation Army in Tyler, Texas.
Remember, together we can end poverty.