Moving people out of poverty through Systemic Change
One Community at a time
How do we do it? How do we achieve Systemic Change?
This is our step-by-step process:
Through home visits, Vincentians establish a relationship with families in poverty
and understand their issues. Two Vincentians always do this together.
Vincentians take care of the urgent needs
of the family they visited.
When they can, Vincentians provide information that the family can use:
How to budet
How to write a resume
How to apply for SNAP or other benefits
Based on the stories heard during home visits Vincentians analyze the causes of their Poverty. The can be:
- Individual Behavior
- Absence of Human and Social Capital within the Community
- Human Exploitation
- Political / Economic Structures
Different causes have different solutions.
With “Bridges”, Vincentians offer a method and a safe environment for motivated people in poverty to examine their behavior, to assess the impact of poverty on their life, to understand the rules and language of economic class, to learn about available resources in the community and make a plan to move-ahead. By moving ahead, they will be able to enrich their community and help solving community problems, thanks to their new skills and self-reliance.
However, there are societal issues that cannot be resolved by individuals alone, but require a collective community effort. By being the Voice of the Poor, Vincentians advocate to remove the barriers and the unjust structures that keep people in poverty (Minimum wage, Predatory lending, Medical insurance, Funding for education and job training, Visas and Path to citizenship for migrants, etc.)
In Systemic Change, are the people in poverty themselves that engage in the identification of the root causes of their poverty and create strategies, including advocacy, to change those structures, which keep them in poverty (From Vincentian Family definition)
Vincentians teach Bridges Graduates and other people in poverty to advocate for themselves and to join in the work of Voice of the Poor. In this way, Bridges Graduates achieve Systemic Change.
Include in your process, Bridges out of Poverty and Voice of the Poor, to achieve Systemic Change!
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