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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1929229690
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For years, I have been practicing pediatrics in neighborhood clinics which primarily serve low-income families. But it was not until I had my own aha! moment at a Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, that I began to better understand poverty and what my patients were up against. So many missing pieces of the poverty puzzle came together in my mind. Besides adjusting some of my own practices when caring for families in poverty, now I am a much stronger advocate for change in our policies and procedures in delivering healthcare to those in poverty. --Jane Goleman, M.D.Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital

For years, I have been practicing pediatrics in neighborhood clinics which primarily serve low-income families. But it was not until I had my own aha! moment at a Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, that I began to better understand poverty and what my patients were up against. So many missing pieces of the poverty puzzle came together in my mind. Besides adjusting some of my own practices when caring for families in poverty, now I am a much stronger advocate for change in our policies and procedures in delivering healthcare to those in poverty. --Jane Goleman, M.D.Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital

About the Author

Co-authors Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith each brings a wealth of insight and varied professional expertise to the creation of this book. Payne is the leading U.S. expert on the mindsets of the different economic classes. DeVol is a highly respected program designer and expert in community sustainability. Dreussi Smith is a gifted professional educator, trainer and consultant. Their combined experience and talents help set Bridges apart as the go-to resource for businesses and organizations seeking to improve services, opportunities, and outcomes for people in poverty.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: aha! Process, Inc.; 1st edition (June 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929229690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929229697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Conover on November 18, 2009
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Ruby Payne offers useful insight into the poverty culture and some suggestions for helping those who live in that mindset to be better able to function in the workplace. However, the first 7 chapters of this book are virtually a word-for-word reproduction of her earlier book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty;she simply substituted "client" for "student". My real complaint is that almost all of the charts (which constitute important elements of the book) are in such tiny font that they are illegible on the Kindle and their size cannot be increased using the font key. If you need this book, I suggest buying the traditional copy.
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This book is for anyone who wants to prepare his or her community for addressing poverty in a comprehensive, systemic way. We have been working with communities for ten years to help them establish our Circles approach to helping families out of poverty. Whenever we come to a community that has been doing Bridges, everything goes faster and better. It is an excellent text for understanding the hidden rules of class.

Scott Miller
Author of "Until It's Gone, Ending Poverty in our Nation, in our Lifetime"
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As an educator I strongly urge anyone working with "helping" services, including education, to read this book. It is an easy read that can provide invaluable insights. This book sheds much light on the inhibiting assumptions and obstacles that seperate the varying socioeconomic classes. I have begun to change my approach to educating as a result of Dr. Payne's work. Do yourself and those you are trying to help a favor...read this book!
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As someone who works with First Nations in the Southwest area, this book has been helpful in understanding some of the issues that those in poverty situations face. As another reviewer criticized, this book mentions systemic issues but then mostly provides tools for caseworkers, mentors, and other middle-classed people in working with those in poverty in the U.S. However, for most of these people, addressing systemic issues isn't feasible, and what they do have the opportunity to do is to help alleviate stresses and provide 'bridges' for some impoverished people to develop fuller lifestyles.

Even as a middle-class person, I found some of the advice on interpersonal relationships and some of the charts describing what happens to people as they move between social groups to be very helpful. This book, although incomplete, provides a good start to understanding poverty as not just 'that person's bad choices,' and also has tools and wisdom about coping in mainstream American life that a wide variety of people could benefit from. 4 stars.
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Love love love this book. If any one is really interested in understanding poverty and how to truly help that population of folks, start and stop here. I have been so enlightened and so much less likely to judge and make quick assumptions. Great tool for folks in the serving profession.
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This book should be read by anyone involved in social welfare issues and those working to really help those in poverty. The answer is not just throwing money at the problem. Most welfare programs are designed by upper- and upper-middle-class professional. They naturally think like upper- and upper-middle-class people. And, on a regular basis, in the long term, FAIL. This book breaks the code by demonstrating that the basic thinking processes of the poor are different and are the major barriers to successful living. It then goes on to train the trainers about the differences in thinking and some methods that change that thinking to a pattern more likely to give the poor person the tools (not just money) to lift themselves out of poverty. This book should also be used by churches to address the line of "The poor you will always be with you," and say, "Maybe so, but they won't be so numerous."
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Love this book. It is a fantastic at explaining how people in different situations of povrerty think in comparison to the other 'classes' people. It gives such an insight as to why they think & act the way they do about life situations. It made me glad to be in the working middle class....The very upper class doesn't seem to think about things very well either ; )
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This book is a must read for ANYBODY who works with lower income families. It answers so many questions about the why and helps you understand the families you are working with. You owe it to them and yourself to read this book.
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