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Bridges Out of Poverty & Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World

Solve hunger with innovative action and tools for change.

Bridges out of Poverty is a model, a framework, an approach, a body of work and research that provides a deeper understanding and common language of the new culture of poverty. It also provides a platform for innovative action and tools for change that can lead to lowering poverty rates. Bridges training provides a deeper understanding of economic class, hidden rules and mental models that exist within each class.

View the Bridges Out of Poverty flier.



Nonprofit Hub
211 N 14th St
Lincoln, NE 68508

Includes lunch and free book.

Initial funding for Bridges Out of Poverty in Nebraska is provided by Lincoln Community Foundation and Food Bank of Lincoln.

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World is a program that offers useful tools, practical advice and valuable communication to help individuals and family who are directly affected by poverty.

Read a testimonial written by a single mother who participated in a Bridges Out of Poverty "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World session.


Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World
  • 12 sessions.
  • 1 class/week.
  • Classes held on Tuesday afternoons, Jan. 23-April 10.
  • Class size will not exceed 16 people; apply early!
  • All classes will meet at ConnectioN Point, 1333 N. 33rd St, from 12:30-2 p.m., beginning Jan. 23.
  • Upon finishing the course, you will receive $20 for each session attended.
  • Childcare provided at no cost to participants.
  • Safe & encouraging environment.
  • A facilitator will attend each session to keep the group on track--not to tell the group what to do--and help gather input, organize ideas, and explore solutions.
Questions: If you need additional information, please contact Alynn Sampson via email or (402) 904-6550, ext. 101.

What to expect from the "Getting Ahead" program

  • Identify your strengths & build a personal future story.
  • Work to build financial resources for you & your family.
  • Learn about "hidden rules" and become skilled at using them to build resources.
  • Receive long-term support, from people and resources in Lancaster County, to help you achieve your future plans.
  • Help be a part of building a community where everyone can live well.

What is expected of me?

  • Commitment to attend ALL classes.
  • Actively participate in discussions.
  • Complete the lessons in the workbook (workbook provided at no charge).
  • Engage in some discovery work that may occur outside of class.
  • Be open to new ideas.

How do I qualify?

  • Applicants must live in Lancaster County.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be able to read and speak English at a conversational level.
  • Must fill out an application (available here).
  • Detach the application from the flyer and return the registration to Cedars at 1533 N. 27th St or ConnectioN Point at 1333 N. 33rd St. OR email your information to Connection Point.

Questions? Contact...

Program Facilitator: Alynn Sampson, Food Bank of Lincoln Youth & Family Programs Director.

Program Facilitator: Emily Koopmann, Riley CLC School Community Coordinator.

Bridges Out of Poverty flier - Please print and share with your clients, coworkers, congregation, friends, or any person who group who is in a position to host (or influence the hosting) of a Bridges Out of Poverty training.

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World flier - Please print and share with your clients, friends, coworkers, or anyone else who wants a little help to "get ahead" in the world.

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