The Bridges Out of Poverty framework defines poverty as the “extent to which an individual does without resources.” Resources are not just financial. They include emotional needs, support systems, and coping strategies, as well as others. Resources are all the things that help individuals function in and contribute to their community. Anyone who lacks too many of these resources may live in poverty. Blaming individuals for their situations, while unaware of their resources, typically does more harm than good.
We as nonprofits, employers, and members of the community must work to provide resources for those in poverty who may live without. Giving them those extra tools; those resources, we will help bridge the poverty gap and build towards sustainable communities.