Course Catalog

  • Introduction to Bridges out of poverty (90-minute Workshop)

    Through this presentation we will introduce some of the Bridges Out of Poverty concepts. Bridges is an international workshop that provides tools for churches, social programs, schools, businesses, and communities to understand and assist families in moving from  

    poverty and survival mode to stability and independence.

    The goals of this lunch workshop are to:

    + Expose you to the Bridges paradigm & concepts.

    + Discover how people think and act in survival mode.

    + Understand what is helpful and not helpful in serving families in need. 

    + And understand what we can do to help families gain access to the resources necessary for stability

  • Positive Power of kindness (90-Minute Workshop)

    Explore during this lunch workshop a key principle of this small revolution of kindness. Kindness changes people. Through a combination of stories and discussion we uncover the positive power that kindness has in the lives of individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. 


    Fall Date for workshop to be announced soon.

  • Bridges out of poverty - One day workshop

    Training Volunteers & Community Members to Make a Difference

    This workshop helps prepare volunteers and community members to address poverty more effectively. It is through the understanding of the issues of poverty that we can become more effective in removing barriers and helping families as they journey to self-sufficiency.  

    • Bridges Out of Poverty provides concrete tools for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty.  
    • Materials used and strategies developed are focused on:  
    • Moving individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency  
    • Reducing social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare  
    • Strengthening educational attainment and job skills  
    • Improving on-the-job productivity  
    • Revitalizing neighborhoods  
    • Building a sustainable community where everyone can live well
    Next offering will be August 13 at St Francis UMC, Mckee Rd, Matthews.
  • Basic Training for kindness revolutionaries

    This is our basic introduction to Common Heart, our vision, mission and values. All volunteers who intend to serve regularly with Common Heart are strongly encourage to attend.  You will be introduced to all Common Heart's programs and be prepared to be part of "a small revolution of kindness."  


    The online beta version is now available.  Click here to register.

    There is no cost for this course

  • My Name is Rachel (90-Minute Workshop)

    I have been homeless for years,

    Abused as a child,

    And left to figure it out on my own...

    COME HEAR MY STORY!

    Learn how Rachel’s life circumstances led to homelessness and what made a difference in her life in this discussion-based exercise.

    This is offered in a community workshop.  No date is currently scheduled.

Bridges out of Poverty Workshop registration

Training Volunteers & Community Members to Make a Difference

  • Bridges Out of Poverty is based on the book of the same name written by Dr. Ruby K. Payne with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith. 
  • This workshop helps prepare volunteers and community members to address poverty more effectively. It is through the understanding of the issues of poverty that we can become more effective in removing barriers and helping families as they journey to self-sufficiency. 
  • Bridges Out of Poverty provides concrete tools for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty. 
  • Materials used and strategies developed are focused on: 
  • Moving individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency
  • Reducing social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare
  • Strengthening educational attainment and job skills
  • Improving on-the-job productivity
  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Building a sustainable community where everyone can live well

Workshop will be held May 21, 2016,Saturday from 9 am - 4 pm at Indian Trail United Methodist Church.






Will we be able to gather 1000 turkeys for 1000 families? 

YES WE CAN AND DID!

With your help, we will!!!

There are several ways to help with the Great Turkey Countdown.


You can Donate Turkeys.  And there are 3 ways to donate Turkeys.

1.  You can donate your turkeys right here through an online donation. Just fill out the form to the right. You can chose to give 1,, 2, 10, 20, or however many you want, for a donation of $20 each. We will update your turkeys on our  Facebook page At this point all donations will be used to purchase additional sides.

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2. You can donate $20 per turkey by sending a check to Common Heart, PO Box 2761, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

Please register your pledge here so we can subtract it from the countdown on our Facebook Page.   Facebook page At this point all donations will be used for the purchase of additional sides.


3.   You can bring us the turkeys Tuesday - Saturday when Common Things Thrift Store is open.  If you have a large load please email and set up a time to deliver to Cupboard  All turkeys will find their way to folks in need this season.


Other food needed

We will also be delivering everything need to make a Thanksgiving dinner.  If you would like to donate the canned and other items we need, here is a  flyer and complete list. Just bring them to Common Things Thrift Store, Tuesday - Saturday , 10 am - 5 pm.


Volunteer on November 21!

Packing/Support teams start with check in between 7-8:30. 

We also need delivery teams ... 125 of them! Each delivery team delivers to 4 -5 families. You can chose the time you want to come and pick up. It is a great opportunity for families.

Sign up here to volunteer.


What do our volunteers say?

“There is one Saturday a year that I look forward to more than any other and that is the Saturday before Thanksgiving thanks to Common Cupboard! All I can say is WOW! What an amazing opportunity to pack boxes with an entire meal for families who wouldn't really get a Thanksgiving without the Cupboard and then get to personally deliver them, hear the families' stories, pray with them, hug them and encourage them!” -Crystal


Our delivery route took us to the neighborhood I grew up in as a kid and one of the houses we delivered to used to be the house of our oldest family friends... I couldn't help but thank God for the tears of joy he gave me and how thankful we were that he used us to touch the lives of those in need and for using us to bring glory and honor to His holy name." -Janie


 "This was such a blessing for us today. We got lots of hugs and love coming our way. What an awesome Thanksgiving this will be! Thankful for Common Heart and Common Cupboard.” - Elise


What do our Friends in need say?

“We can’t thank you enough – you saved (our) Thanksgiving! My daughter Sharon’s out of work, we live on my Social Security. We have no money to pay any bills. But this helps us so much. Thank you again.”


"We have received our turkey and I want to thank everyone at Common Heart for thinking of us. We hope your Thanksgiving Day is as joyful as you have made ours. May our Lord bless everyone who serves at Common Heart."

Donate Turkeys now Virtually!

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