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Adults Experiencing Chronic Poverty

BRAD'S STORY

Recently released from jail, Brad* was living in a car. He first came to YSM for emergency food assistance and learned there were hot meals provided several times a week. When Brad joined us for a meal he found an accepting attitude and people interested in him and his life. He participated in some of the programs offered to adults and began receiving counseling from YSM on how to deal with low self-esteem and anger issues. Brad began to hope for change when YSM’s Housing Services helped him get into a shelter and later, permanent housing. He received support in getting his General Education Diploma, dealing with legal issues and learned key life skills. Today Brad is employed and says, “YSM staff showed me they were on my side. They worked hard for me when I was ready to take the next step. I really didn’t think my life could change to this level.”

*Photo and name have been changed to protect privacy

Adults experiencing chronic poverty struggle with multiple disadvantages:

– Housing situations range from acceptable subsidized housing to living in a car

– Low education levels

– Difficulty in finding or keeping employment

– Addictions, mental or physical health issues in varying degrees

– Most have poor social support networks

These issues, individually or combined, create barriers to a more productive and fulfilled life. People are trapped by what they don’t know, by social skills that create distance and by systems that make progress difficult and rob people of hope.

Adults Experiencing Chronic Poverty

RISE Model for Adults Experiencing Chronic Poverty

RISE Model for Adults Experiencing Chronic Poverty

The four pillars in our RISE Full System of Care model embody the holistic, wraparound support and services delivered in collaboration with our partners that make it possible for individuals, families and communities to move forward.

YSM has always served people’s basic needs by providing food, clothing and a warm, safe place to spend time. This point of service is a way to connect with those who want more from their life and is often the beginning of a supportive journey together.

Many of the challenges of those whom we serve are internal. There are trust issues, poor models, fear and a lack of confidence. YSM staff and programs provide health care for youth, counseling, pastoral care, and work with our community members to put together a plan based on what they want changed in their lives. Supportive and committed staff invite community members to believe their lives can be different.

All barriers that stand in the way of people living full-lives and achieving all they can be must be addressed. Many of those who we serve have inadequate, unsafe or no housing at all. Providing stable housing is a key first step. Addictions that reduce income and hinder employability must be dealt with. Life skills that allow people to function with less friction and more balance must be learned. YSM works to see people employed, educated and more stable because that is what is required for sustained change.

Once transitioned from surviving to thriving, families and individuals are invited to engage in their community. YSM’s Community Development program is built around working with people to affect positive change where they live, and many of them are ready to lend their voices in the last stage of the “Rise” journey with YSM. Our role, in partnership with others, is to support their voice.

Because of our deep desire to know that we are doing our best to help people, YSM has established a robust model to inform the ways in which we support people. This is our Transformation Integrated Measurement and Evaluation System or TIMES. By investing in a holistic approach to supporting people in their journey we develop better responses, set shared goals with partners, and ultimately know if we are helping people make positive steps and move out of poverty.

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