MADE for you Consulting

MADE for you has more than 15 years of working with community and global organizations utilizing the Bridges Out of Poverty approach as a foundation and framework for the work. Incorporating outside-of-the-box ideas as well as reimagining traditional models for helping work, MADE for you offers unique and personalized community strategies which incorporate and involve all economic classes to create solutions that affect the individual, organization, community, and policy to bring lasting positive change.

 We offer:

  • Bridges Out of Poverty Training
  • Getting Ahead Classes
  • Grant Writing Strategies
  • Incorporating Microlending/Social Business as a strategy to overcome poverty
  • Entrepreneur Workshops
  • Strategies for Building Organizational Social Capital


Our Community Lens: The Bridges Approach

Dr. Ruby Payne, the author of "Bridges Out of Poverty", founded aha! Process in 1996 utilizing her experience and research to change the conversation in communities around poverty. These concepts have been utilized to train more than 100,000 leaders and this approach is presently being implemented across the U.S. and internationally.

"Bridges" refers to a strategic plan that addresses poverty at every community level and does so by including all economic classes' experiences and voices around the decision-making table.

Classes offered in this strategic plan are Getting Ahead for those experiencing instability & poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty for those interested in making shifts in their organizational model to move away from one-way giving and instead incorporate opportunities for mutual relationship and collaborative problem-solving.

We are certified through aha! Process as Bridges and Getting Ahead Facilitators.



Getting Ahead Classes -

Getting Ahead is a 16 week, co-facilitated course where participants living in instability investigate and discover, step by step, where they are now but most importantly what comes next in the life they want to build. In a distraction free class, participants identify and assess 11 resources needed for sustainable stability.

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Bridges Out of Poverty Trainings -  

Bridges Out of Poverty creates alliances of support to help individuals and communities break free of poverty. Rather than create reliance, Bridges communities create new skills, resources, and motivation to build a sustainable community.

As a participant in this training, you will:

  • Learn the "Hidden Rules" of economic class
  • Dive into the research about the causes of poverty
  • Redefine poverty and explore the 11 resources
  • Leave with a common language to create a unified community approach and partnership with those experiencing poverty and instability in your community

Interested in having your team, board, or organization participate in this free training?

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What is Microlending & How Can it Help My Community?

Microlending or microcredit is the lending of small amounts of money at low interest to new businesses in the developing world.

When we look at rebuilding communities economically, one could look at the opportunity and see the rebuild instead as a "developing community".

We have had the opportunity to successfully write grants that were then dispersed as 0% interest loans utilized as the start-up capital needed to help a community member start their own small business, These loans were paid back over a short period of time at 100% and gave the opportunity then to lend the same amount to another hopeful entrepreneur, making the initial grant a perpetual fund to improve the economic fabric of the individual and the community.

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