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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 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.

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 that were 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.