Solutions Driven Models

to Gaining an Economic Sustainable Life

The Getting Ahead program gives individuals an opportunity to investigate their lives, the resources available to them in their communities, and the resources within themselves.

Investigators can have the opportunity to explore what drives decision making and how their behavior impacts their own decisions and what it looks like to make decisions based on future outcomes rather than the tyranny of the moment. It is very powerful to observe investigators getting to a place where they feel they have more control over their own lives and empowered to make decisions because they believe that they have options for their future.

Developing and Evaluating the Getting Ahead Program in Northeast Colorado by Jacalyn Reynolds.



BOCV Digital Brochure

Faith Based Committee

Interfaith Outreach of Lynchburg

Bridges Out of Poverty presentation

Interfaith Outreach is busy updating their congregation contact list. We need each congregation to have an individual who can be the liaison between the congregation and Interfaith Outreach so they can receive important information about the Bridges Out of Poverty model. Please e-mail Executive Director, Shawne Farmer at for more information.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes - A Poverty Curriculum


                                     Are you looking for a way for                                      your group to take a look into                                      the life of someone living in                                         poverty? Walk a Mile in My                                          Shoes gives groups a short                                          course outline to identify                                              daily struggles for people living in poverty. You can break the curriculum up into smaller segments that fit the time frame your group already has allotted for a weekly course or spend a little longer on  an intensive study.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Lessons

Interfaith Outreach Association 


Resource Book

Education Committee

Bridges out of Poverty – Central VA

Education Sub committees

The Education Subcommittee continues to work on two major areas of interest.

One focus area is to insure full participation of local agencies and citizens in the Trauma Informed Care workshop that will be offered in the fall as sponsored by Humankind. Final arrangements are being made with the plan to send out a "save the date" notice this summer.

The second initiative is on collecting information related to barriers those in poverty encounter on a daily basis.  


Once data is available, the committee plans to work on developing  A Central Point of Entry for accessing community resources.


If you would like to become involved in the education sub committee, please contact Wyllys Vanderwerker at 434-515-5030.  

Housing Committee:

The Lynchburg Regional Housing Collaborative (LRHC)

The Lynchburg Regional Housing Collaborative (LRHC) works to set the stage for, encourage and provide quality, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities for people with low incomes in Central Virginia. Our focus areas are to:

  1. Promote the positive economic impacts of affordable housing in our region

  2. Advocate for local and regional policies that forward affordable housing

  3. Develop affordable housing and rehabilitate substandard housing to meet the needs of all people with low incomes.

  4. Advance community development opportunities that benefit low income households

  5. Reduce barriers to housing for people of low income.


LRHC current members are the City of Lynchburg, Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity, Lynchburg Community Action Group, Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Miriam’s House, and Rush Lifetime Homes.

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World Committee


Getting Ahead – A part of Bridges out of Poverty

Getting Ahead is a 15 week-long, 45 hour course designed to help those in poverty move to self-sufficiency. United Methodist Family Services of Virginia ~ UMFS staff based the program on the “Bridges out of Poverty” model. The course empowers participants to overcome obstacles by teaching them on topics ranging from time management, personal finances, and social capital.

Government Committee

The goal of the government subcommittee is to embed Bridges out of Poverty constructs throughout government and community organizations.Upon completion of Getting Ahead classes, it is vital that new graduates enter a community committed to nurturing and supporting their transition from poverty.


By training organizations in the Bridges out of Poverty constructs and encouraging use of similar business practices, the government subcommittee is helping ensure Getting Ahead graduates have the greatest likelihood of continued success. Embedding the BOP lens throughout our community’s organizations will also help ensure the continuation and expansion of the BOP movement.

Business and Workplace Getting Ahead Committee

The Alliance is proud of its commitment to improving the business climate by focusing on a resource that no business can live without - a first-rate regional labor force.

A collaborative effort of Region 2000 organizations that support business growth. We provide a consistent level of information and service delivery to help your company grow or stay competitive. This cohesive response to meet employer needs supports the “no wrong door” approach. Whenever you contact any of our team partners, that individual or organization will either provide you with assistance or a referral to another partner better able to serve your needs


Calendar of Events Link

  • Computer Classes

  • Job Corps Orientation

Goodwill Work and Training Services assist youthadults, and older workers in overcoming barriers to employment and achieving a level of independence to participate more fully in life. 

Goodwill’s programs are designed to provide individuals with the level of support needed to succeed. From daily intensive skills training to job coaching, people with barriers to employment receive valuable training and employment opportunities to help change their lives and make a difference in the community.

City Good to Go Rental Inspection Program

City of Lynchburg first adopted the minimum building maintenance and residential rental dwelling standards for properties within the city limits in order to produce thriving, attractive, safe neighborhoods and enhance citizen’s quality of life.

Behavioral Health Committee

Courts/Law Enforcement Committee



Workplace stability for employee retention and performance: By Ruth Weirich with AhA! Process.

Ruth shares the:

  • Mental Model for Stability

  • Mental Model for Instability

  • Hidden Rules Among Classes

  • Building Language at Work 

  • Stability Paradigm

Workplace web links


FROM VISION ACTION TO Best practices to reduce the impact of poverty in communities, education, healthcare, and more...



Bridges Continuum Materials, Books and Solutions From aha! Process. 

  • Workforce Prep/Placement

  • Wellness

  • Self-Sufficient Income

  • Postsecondary

  • K–12

  • Birth–6

Open Readers Below to view information

Bridges Out of Poverty Information Brochure

Bridges Out of Poverty Study Guide

Framework to Understanding Poverty K-12 Brochure

Platform for economic Justice 




Free Webinar:  

Building Relationships of Mutual Respect   Dr. Regina Lewis and Bart Givens



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