Bridges Out of Poverty

OTTUMWA— Ottumwa Community School District and Indian Hills Community College are teaming together to bring Bridges Out of Poverty to Ottumwa.


Vern Reed, a national consultant, will lead this training opportunity on Wednesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Rural Health Education Center at Indian Hills Community College. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. Lunch and training materials are included.


This workshop will focus on reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community. The Bridges Out of Poverty strategies for professionals and the community provide concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.


The Bridges Out of Poverty community support program can help communities:

  • Move individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency
  • Reduce social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare
  • Strengthen educational attainment and job skills
  • Enhance economic development
  • Improve on-the-job productivity
  • Revitalize neighborhoods
  • Build sustainable communities where everyone can live well


The training is for business owners, resource providers, local government officials, faith leaders, educators, and those who work with people surviving in poverty.


To register, go to the following web link:


For those who wish to help plan and recruit for this event, a mini training is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Ottumwa High School media center. Call Deb Pilcher at the Ottumwa Schools’ district office at 641-684-6597 to save your seat.