Bridges to HOPE first graduating class

This fall, St. John Providence, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan collaborated to launch Bridges to HOPE (Helping Others Prosper through Empowerment) in Detroit.

Based on Bridges out of Poverty by Aha! Process, Inc., Bridges to HOPE assists those in poverty begin their journey to self-sufficiency. Participants ages 18 and older engage in a thoughtful exploration of their life circumstances and their communities utilizing the “Getting Ahead- in a Just Gettin’ by World” curriculum during sixteen facilitator-led sessions. Using these discussions, activities and resources, the participants continue to deepen their awareness of what factors contribute to their poverty. Participants collect valuable resource information and develop plans for change that align with the visioning for their future story.

On November 12, 2015, Bridges to HOPE successfully graduated its first cohort. Each graduate received a certificate of completion and recognition by our leadership committee. The program included 15 investigators (participants), 10 of which had perfect attendance over the course of the 16 workshop sessions along with two facilitators and one back-up facilitator.

Are you looking for an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of Detroit residents? Bridges to HOPE is seeking mentors and facilitators for its second workshop, set to begin in January 2016, and we’d love to have you join our team.

Facilitators work to help our participants navigate the evidence-based ‘Getting Ahead’ curriculum during two hour sessions that meet twice a week for eight weeks at the Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Medical Pavilion II 7633 East Jefferson Avenue Suite #20, Detroit 48214. Facilitators receive a stipend. Mentors work to provide support to participants in the program and up to one year after completion of the program. Mentors coach participants in person and by phone according to a mutually agreed upon schedule. Mentors offer positive reinforcement, answer questions and assist participants during their journey. All facilitators and mentors must pass a background check and be age 18 or older.

If you would like additional information on Bridges to HOPE visit www.bridgestohopedetroit.org or contact Bridges to HOPE coordinator Nalani Miller at 313-499-4963.

Photo caption:

Front Row L to R (Seated) Mattie Hunter, Gwendolyn Siddel, William Craighead, Georgia Clark, Latonya Nelson, Ms. Betsy Ernst (Back-Up Facilitator), (Standing behind Ms. Ernst – White Shirt) Diana Auston

Back Row L to R (Standing) Eugene Brown, LaRenda Lauchie’, Donald Watkins, Robert Good, Angela Hayes, Stacey Williams, Jaqueline Lee, Jacqueline Brown, Jacqueline Austin, Takiyah Calhoun (Lead Facilitator), Karoy Brooks (Co-Facilitator).

 

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