It all begins with an understanding that people experience poverty in many ways. It boils down to a lack of some necessary ingredients for a full, rich life. It means not having access to a community full of supportive networks that enable all members to flourish.
Poverty can manifest in the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social, relational, and financial aspects of life. When we look at our lives, we all have experienced poverty at one time or another in at least one of these areas.
Partners for change is community-based organization that works with tri-valley individuals and families to break out of various forms of poverty including financial, spiritual, emotional, social, and relational. Initially, the participants attend a 14-20-week life skills course together as a group, and after completion, participants work together through intentional relationships to continue their growth. The partnerships meet weekly, holding each-other accountable with goal setting, and expectations. After 18-24 months, participants are encouraged to contribute back to the community as a form of reciprocity. Through this process, Partners for Change empowers participants to make change in their own lives as well as within our greater community while offering a supportive, self-reflective environment for all involved.