Rising Above Poverty

Dr. Donna Beegle grew up in poverty but was fortunate enough to have people at Mt. Hood Community College help her succeed, eventually leading to earning her Doctorate.  She is the President and Founder of Poverty Bridge, a non-profit organization that brings together people who are in poverty with "Navigators" (people who have resources and connections to help people succeed and get out of the cycle of poverty.)

"My education, my work, and my passion are to help people from all races who are trapped in poverty. I want them to have genuine options for lifelong success. This can only happen if the voices of those struggling with poverty can be heard and their perspectives understood. Poverty is resolvable, however, making a difference for people who live in the crisis of poverty requires a paradigm shift. A shift that moves us beyond stereotypes and judgment to a deeper understanding of the causes of poverty and its impact on human beings. With this awareness, we can work together to provide genuine opportunities for people to move out of poverty." -- Donna Beegle

Ian Finch  was living in poverty and on welfare.  After being homeless for about 9 months and being a single father to 5 children, he was working with a case manager.  It was recommended for him to see Dr. Donna Beegle speak, but he was reluctant.  After making several excuses, he decided to go anyway.  That night changed his life.  He related to many of the things Donna spoke about and she motivated him to get an education.  Before attending this event, he never thought he would be able to get out of poverty.  She gave him hope.  Donna taught him that hearing "No!" just means that you need to find someone else to ask.  Ian got support and ended up going to school to become a Drug & Alcohol counselor.  Now, he's a case manager for the transitional housing where he received help. 

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