With more than 10 years of experience working in a local community, SJC Bridges Out Of Poverty Initiative has emerged as a credible thought leader and trailblazer for highlighting new philosophy and approaches toward transitioning under-resourced communities out of generational and situational poverty. 


Our Vision

To be a catalyst for identifying and addressing barriers that prevent positive progress for everyone in our community.

Our Mission

The SJC Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative’s mission is to transform St. Joseph County into a sustainable community in which individuals move from generational poverty to self-sufficiency, enhancing the quality of life for everyone, and creating a model for other communities to follow.

our history


our goals

  • To learn about what is and is not working in our community’s effort to end poverty
  • To be advocates for community change, particularly in systemic barriers
  • To develop a space where people can build relationships across lines of difference
  • Join Getting Ahead grads in their efforts to move to self-sufficiency, solve daily problems, and build their resources



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