Could you survive in poverty? A recent survey stated that 1 in 3 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that many of today’s Americans are finding themselves in situational poverty, resulting from a job loss. The difficulty of living in poverty can be compounded when one doesn't understand the unstated “rules” that dictate the culture of poverty, being middle class, or even wealthy. Responding to the needs of homeless children and families is also more difficult without an adequate understanding of those needs and the culture we seek to serve within.
That’s why the The Family Advocacy Office — a group of volunteer advocates at Northland, committed to responding to the needs of Seminole County families — has developed an extensive training plan to help us prepare to serve those in need. “Understanding Poverty” is designed to help you get your feet wet. This 3-hour class is an exploration of diversity, culture and worldview. Looking at topics like food, family dynamics, education and more, you’ll discover how our differences can lead to misunderstandings in how we communicate and interact with one another. Stepping over ignorance is often a first step in developing relationship and best meeting our neighbors' need.
Please consider attending one of the upcoming classes — everyone is welcome to attend! (MORE INFO)
Thursday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Longwood (FH)
Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m. at Longwood (room 4209-4210)