A sold-out crowd packed the Port Clinton Elks Club Friday, April 20, to learn important concepts around the culture of poverty. Jodi Pfarr, international trainer for Aha! Process, enlightened those in the audience with strategies and tools for recognizing the “mental model” of poverty. These “mental models,” an internal awareness of how the world works, exist without our awareness and determine how we act. By recognizing these models, we can start to work toward building a sustainable community.
Pfarr explained how to recognize the core differences between poverty, middle class and wealth. The workshop focused on economic diversity, not racial or cultural diversity. In order to build a sustainable community, all three economic classes must be at the table willing to work together to achieve success.
Representatives from five different counties attended the workshop.
“The work started here today will continue as a coalition will be formed from participants to further the process of ‘Bridges out of Poverty.,’” said Cheryl Seigley, Specialized Dockets Coordinator of the Juvenile Court.
This workshop was sponsored by the Ottawa County Juvenile Court and received support from Ottawa County CASA, The Harry Stensen Memorial Fund, Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services, United Way of Ottawa County and WSOS Community Action Commission.