Bridges Out of Poverty is a group of community volunteers and representatives working to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty by uniting the strengths and passions of people living in St Thomas and Elgin County.
This program consists of various programs which participants work their way through step by step to ensure success in reaching their goals.
Step 1: Getting Ahead
The goal of this program is to examine the impact poverty has on people, families and their communities. The programming is structured for adults to reflect on and examine their lives, investigate resources and new information that resonates with them, plan for their future, create ideas for building a prosperous community, and choose a team to help them on their path. Program duration: 12 weeks
What’s included in Getting Ahead?
24 sessions over 12 weeks
Childcare and Transportation assistance maybe available
A real plan created by you, that helps you, your family and your community
Tools to create a better life for you and your family
Rediscover yourself and your goals
Access to resources that support your success
Earn up to $192 for your participation
Graduation Celebration upon completion
*Our next session will begin September 25th (Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm) Please contact Donna Rankin, Program Coordinator, to register
Step 2: Keep Moving Forward
After completing Getting Ahead, participants continue working on their goal setting and strategy development that started in Getting Ahead. This group meets every 2 weeks. Program duration: ongoing
Step 3: Circles
Getting Ahead and Keep Moving Forward Graduates have an opportunity to join the Circles programming. Weekly meetings offer a community of support to build supportive, intentional, reciprocal relationships between people in generational or situational poverty and community volunteers. The overall goal is to unite strengths in our community to create life changes for those living in poverty to move to permanent self-sufficiency and to advocate for changes in the system barriers that keep poverty in place. Program duration: ongoing
How can you register?
Contact Donna Rankin, Program Coordinator
519-631-9800 extension 236
How can you help?
- Donate meals which will be enjoyed by Circles participants
- Donate funds to assist with running the above programs
- Provide child-minding for participants during class
- Be a Circles Ally and volunteer to assist guiding participants to accomplish their plan of change
Community Connections: A guide to basic needs, supports and services throughout Elgin County.
Food Programs and Services Guide for Elgin County: This guide lists a variety of programs and services including, but not limited to: food access programs, food banks and emergency food services, gardening programs, transportation to assist with groceries, and nutrition services by Registered Dietitians. Compliments of Southwest Public Health.
This program is funded in part by: