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Poverty Training

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Cost Of Poverty Experience

40 million Americans are affected by poverty, including 1 in every 5 children. These numbers are disturbing. And yet, the impact of poverty is a reality that most of us are not fully aware of. To combat this lack of awareness, JFO offers the Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.). COPE is a 2.5-hour immersive experience designed to give you a glimpse into the lives of families in our community that face poverty every day. This training is designed to cultivate empathy and to equip church response teams, foster and adoptive parents, businesses, and community members to work more effectively with low-income families. COPE is an opportunity for you and your team to experience poverty firsthand through the eyes of real families. The experiential nature of the training helps participants to better understand the complexities of poverty so that they will be equipped to effectively serve the needy in our own community. JFO Staff member Karen Laing, a certified COPE facilitator, is available to run the experience for your church, group, or business today!

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Bridges Out of Poverty: 

Bridges Out of Poverty trainings are designed to help businesses, schools, social services, healthcare providers, law enforcement, higher education, and churches work together with people from poverty to create thriving communities. Forty-seven percent of children removed from their homes are removed for neglect. By meeting the basic concrete needs of parents, we can improve the well-being of children and families. Bridges Out of Poverty gives all the people at the table of child welfare an understanding of economic class and how to appreciate each other's values and skills. 

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