Community Education

One of our goals at Soup Of Success is to raise awareness in our community about the realities of living in poverty and the barriers to getting out of poverty. Our hope in doing this is to empower and activate more and more people in the community to develop strategies to combat poverty and build prosperity for all in our community.

A team of people including staff members and Soup Of Success graduates has developed several educational events which we have offered to the community. We have done half-day events here at CCS, a six-week series at a local church, and one-time shorter presentations for community groups.

Participants in these educational experiences have told us they have been deeply affected and personally changed by the stories they heard and the activities they did with us. They see poverty and the people who struggle with it differently—which leads them to see themselves, and the possibilities for change in their community, differently.

May these changes lead to community collaboration and action which ensures the opportunity for economic security for all.

 

Have a Speaker Come

We would love to share Soup Of Success with your group!  Our speakers are available to present to groups of all sizes and can tailor the presentation to your specified time limit.  If you are interested in hearing more about what Soup Of Success & Church Community Services is doing in the community, contact us at soupofsuccess@gmail.com or 574-523-1551, ext. 105.

Poverty Immersion Experience

A team of people including staff members and Soup Of Success graduates has developed a half-day event which we offer to the community. Our “Poverty Immersion Experience” is an interactive, intensive workshop where participants:

  • Personal testimonies by Soup Of Success graduates about their own struggles with poverty
  • Statistics and activities illustrating the problem of poverty and the rich/poor gap both locally and nationally
  • A role play experience in which participants became “clients” seeking help with basic needs from various agencies
  • Bridges Out of Poverty/Getting Ahead material/activities including–mental models of life in poverty and middle class, personal resources needed for stability, hidden rules of economic class, assessment of community resources
  • Brainstorming about opportunities and solutions in our community

Participants in these educational experiences have told us they have been deeply affected and personally changed by the stories they heard and the activities they did with us. They see poverty and the people who struggle with it differently—which leads them to see themselves, and the possibilities for change in their community, differently. May these changes lead to community collaboration and action which ensures the opportunity for economic security for all.

We are also willing and able to take our “Poverty Immersion Experience” on the road and turn it into a mulitiple week series.  For more information, contact us at soupofsuccess@gmail.com or 574-523-1551, ext. 105.