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Bridges Out Of Poverty Training Coming This Week

7 Jul , 2019  

North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) will host writer, trainer, and consultant Phil E. Devol, program designer of Bridges out of Poverty Onsite Training. The training will encourage better communication between people in the community. This will be supported by the strategies and language that is used to successfully bridge the gap between the economic classes.

Phillip E. DeVol, will be referencing the strategies and language used in his book, Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities. The book candidly explains the barriers people develop in business communication with others who may be classified in a different economic class, and how to overcome it.

The authors explain, “If your business, agency, organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges-and strengths-helps you partner with them to create opportunities for success”.

“Fortunately, there have been ongoing efforts to continue offering Bridges workshops in our community over the years.  The next step of embedding these strategies and principles across sectors, however, remains in need of serious consideration and support” said Founder and Executive Director, Deanna West-Torrence.

West-Torrence continued stating, “The strategies presented in Bridges have continued to evolve to meet the changing economic and social landscape, resulting in specific approaches being developed beyond the social service sector and into the workforce, re-entry, community, medical, university, and educational spaces”.

In our community there is a need to understand that individuals in the community are lacking resources: finances, emotional support, mental support, spiritual guidance, and role models, that ultimately leads to life in poverty. This training will build skill sets to better serve the people you work with everyday.

Bridges training has had numerous success stories from businesses, organizations, and agencies all over the United States, and NECIC is bringing this training to Mansfield, Ohio. “We hope that others will join us in this training. We are excited to welcome Phil back to Richland County” she stated.

This training class is funded by The Ohio Department of Education Community Connector’s Grant.

The training will be held July 11 at NECIC (134 N. Main St) from 8:30 AM TO 3:30 PM with lunch provided. The class is free and open to the public. Those who are interested in the onsite training must register at this link:


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