You’re a member of the middle class and your car breaks down.
Chances are you call AAA.
But say you’re poor, your car breaks down, you can’t afford a tow, much less AAA.
You call a relative.
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It’s just one example of how people in poverty are forced to deal with the challenges of daily life, said Carol Hunt, director of resource connections with the Manatee Community Action Agency.
That will be the thrust of a two-hour introductory workshop on the issues and solutions of poverty in our community, hosted by the Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc.
Based on the work of Dr. Ruby Payne, the workshop, originally scheduled for today, will be conducted May 24 by Executive Director Barbara Patten, June Debaun, family support program manager, and Hunt.
“It will provide an opportunity to really understand the issues of poverty and why it is so hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” Hunt said.
The presentation will target three different areas:
n How people in poverty look at life differently than people in middle class.
n Hidden rules that exist in poverty, the middle class and wealthy.
n Societal and socio-economic barriers.
“When you’re in poverty, it is extremely difficult to move out of it without relationships with people who are not in poverty,” Hunt said. “They only know the way they have lived their lives.
“It’s the same with middle-income people. They only function from their own knowledge base. They’re looking at somebody in poverty with their own values and own method of looking at life.”
The middle class is more achievement-based, Hunt said.
People in poverty have more pressing priorities.
“They’re just trying to survive, make it day by day,” she said.
IF YOU GO
What: Bridges Out Of Poverty Workshop
When: 6-8 p.m. May 24
Where: Manatee Community Action Agency, 302 Manatee Ave. E., Room 306
Contact: Christine Blyden at 827-0188, ext. 7810, or firstname.lastname@example.org.