Organizations and individuals working with people in poverty can gain insight into their challenges and strengths at a Sept. 9 workshop at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, offered by Pima County’s Ending Poverty Now Program.

The workshop, “Understanding Poverty: Why Poverty Matters to Our Community,” runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will allow participants to work more effectively with those who are chronically under-resourced. The $50 cost includes lunch, snacks and training materials. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Register at epn.sept9.eventbrite.com. Registration deadline is Sept. 5.

“Understanding Poverty means understanding the impact of chronic instability, scarcity, and stress, as well as how environments and systems impact the larger picture,” said Bonnie Bazata, Ending Poverty Now Program Manager. 

Participants will examine economic class and its impact on individuals’ lives and institutions, review tools for systemic change and learn about the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World workshop. Getting Ahead is a national curriculum that provides tools for under-resourced individuals to help them stabilize and take charge of their lives and build resources for a better life.

Roberto Thompson, an assistant principal at Tucson Magnet High School and a former elementary school principal, went through the training because he wanted to be proactive in helping parents.

“I helped a lot of parents that want to turn their lives around for their kids and Bonnie’s program gave us a system to help people,” he said. “It was extremely helpful when talking to middle class people who have never experienced poverty. It also gave a skillset to help people break the cycles of poverty.”

The Ending Poverty Now Program also will offer the “Understanding Poverty” workshops Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, also at the Abrams Public Health Center. 

For more information, contact Bonnie Bazata, bonnie.bazata@pima.gov, 724-3704.

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