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If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealthy are largely nonexistent. If your business, agency or organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges-and strengths-helps you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

Understanding Poverty Workshops and Speaker's Bureau

Episcopal Social Services is committed to helping low-income individuals leave poverty. As part of this journey we provide education to professionals and the community about poverty issues.  ESS currently offers this workshop  in several formats, all of which offer substantial insight into the dynamics of poverty, the language used among poverty, middle and wealth classes, and how to communicate effectively in order to offer assistance,  and what we can do to break down barriers between us and those we see as different from us. 

4-Hour Workshop - Poverty Simulation

4-Hour Workshop - What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty / Mental Illness

2-Day Workshop - Understanding the Dynamics of  Poverty from a Middle Class Point of View  (2-hour segments on 2 separate days)

10 Minute Mission Talk - The Dynamics of Poverty and How ESS Makes an Impact

10 Minute Mission Talk - The Dynamics of  Severe Mental Illness and How You Can Help

Contact us if interested!

Purpose: to teach and train volunteers, staff, faith community members and others how to better support persons living in poverty as they develop their own plans to move up financially and gain stability. Benefits may include:

·        Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Mobilization

·        Public Awareness

·        Board, Staff, Professional Training and Community Development

Who may attend?:  All current and potential volunteers, students and interns, board members and staff, congregants, civic groups.   Others involved with community development and poverty reduction are also welcome.

Admission Fee:  Negotiated

Location: ESS Venture House|Breakthrough Club, 1010 N. Main, Wichita, or your site


§   Causes and Conditions of Poverty :  Why does it persist?

§   Looking at Poverty and “Hidden Rules” through the Lens of Class.

§   Defining Poverty:  More than Money

§   Issues with Language, Learning and Getting Ahead

Advance reservation required for preparation of materials.  Barbara Gibson is the facilitator for the workshops offered.   Email Rachel Newell for more information.

The workshop was originally made possible by a grant from NobleHour, a company offering volunteer management and tracking software. The grant was awarded in a national competition to help nurture acts of good will and to inspire greater civic-mindedness and volunteerism.  ESS has extended the training and offers it as requested, for a fee.

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