United Way sponsors “Bridges Out of Poverty” community forum

May 26, 2006
Santa Paula News

The United Way of Ventura County is sponsoring a community forum entitled Bridges Out of Poverty on Thursday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.

The United Way of Ventura County is sponsoring a community forum entitled Bridges Out of Poverty on Thursday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. This workshop is part of United Way’s new direction of creating meaningful and measurable differences in every community across Ventura County through focused outreach and partnerships.The Bridges Out of Poverty workshop is for professionals working in social services, healthcare, behavioral health, government and criminal justice and for community leaders from business, foundations, chambers of commerce, the faith-based community, and advocacy groups. The workshop will increase participants’ awareness of the “culture of poverty” and how this impacts opportunities for success. In addition, participants will learn skills to develop action plans to improve their services to clients.The keynote speaker for the forum will be Jodi Pfarr of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently employed by Catholic Charities in Minneapolis and assists program staff with developing their skills and enhancing their programs. She is also a certified debriefer for the St. Paul Police Department.Jim Mangus, President and CEO of FOOD Share in Oxnard attended a poverty training presentation featuring Pfarr. “She transformed [my organization’s] perspective on how to communicate with the people we serve,” said Mangus. “Be prepared for a fast-paced, fun presentation with a lot of meat on the bone!”
Registration and payment is due June 1. Pre-registration required. Cost is $20 and includes seminar attendance, lunch, and a copy of the book, Bridges Out of Poverty. For more information and to register for the forum, please visit www.vcunitedway.org and click on “Bridges Out of Poverty” or call (805) 485-6288 ext. 276.United Way of Ventura County, 1317 Del Norte Road, Suite 100, Camarillo, California 93010



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