Economic Empowerment

Community Workshops

Bridges Workshop registration

Bridges Out of Poverty aims to develop a shared understanding and framework to collaborate and build a sustainable community where all can thrive. The second day focuses on applying the concepts across sectors to improve outcomes for families and communities that are under-resourced. 

This workshop gives leaders, administrators, staff, employers, emergency service workers, teachers, and other community members and volunteers the common language, understanding and tools to prevent and alleviate poverty. Participants increase awareness of how economic class impacts life experience, resources and stability. Customer service and teamwork in business and community settings are improved. New insights will create strategies to improve individual, institutional and community based outcomes.

This workshop is based on the book Bridges Out Of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities a collaboration between Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith. 


Meeting each first Wednesday of the month virtually Keith Adams, Executive Director of Common Heart and Steering Committee member of Thrive! Union, will be presenting a 1 hour workshop introducing Bridges out of Poverty framework to understand and address poverty.

  • Wednesday September 2: Lenses by which we see the world
  • Wednesday October 7 : Causes of Poverty, the research
  • Wednesday November 4 : How to address economic inequity locally
  • Wednesday December 2 : Making Hidden Rules Visible



Basic Training for Kindness Revolutionaries

Whether you have just started with Common Heart or are an old pro, we have designed this Basic Training for Kindness Revolutionaries to orientate you to Common Heart. This has been a long time coming, and we are glad it is finally here.

Throughout the past 10 years Common Heart has been mobilizing caring people to love and serve their neighbor. We have been so focused on helping hungry families, preparing taxes, & processing donations, that the basics of who we are, our DNA, has not been often clearly transmitted to our volunteers. What makes this organization different is not what we do, but how we do it. And so this video course has been developed to pass along the "How we do it, our DNA".

In this series, we will be presenting several videos and at the end of each video there are a couple questions for you to answer. The following questions were designed for either group discussion or reflection by those of us taking this course online.