UP3 Understanding Poverty To Plan and Persevere

For more information contact:
Ryli Meyer
Community Engagement Specialist

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities’ UP3 program, “Understanding Poverty to Plan and Persevere,” is an initiative that focuses on the curriculum from the book, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World, by Philip E. DeVol — a workshop series that utilizes Bridges Out of Poverty framework concepts. The program allows for a “kitchen-table” discussion-style investigation into poverty, where participants living in poverty, as investigators, create mental models, explore their resources, and forge further stability through establishing partnerships and by bridging social capital within their community. The workshop convenes for 16 consecutive weeks for three hours each week, and is conducted by a trained facilitator. Many graduates of PCRC’s UP3 program have succeeded in reaching their individualized goals and plans, and have forged further stability in their lives.