One of the biggest barriers to the impoverished is a lack of support systems, which are “the friends, family, and backup resources that can be accessed in times of need.” There are seven different categories.
Typically, those living in poverty lack one or more of these support systems at one particular time. This may lead them to feel alone and hopeless, and sink them further into poverty. As professionals, we must work to create solid support systems for all clients, consumers, or patients by increasing resource referrals, following-up on the referrals, clearly outlining all options, and taking the time to connect with other people. Then, we will not only help people leave poverty, but also help them sustain a better life.