Bridges Out of Poverty defines poverty as 'a lack of resources'

They emphasis 11 resources that are foundational to building a stable life:

1. Financial

2. Emotional

3. Mental/Cognitive

4. Language

5. Social Capital

6. Physical

7. Spiritual

8. Integrity and Trust

9. Motivation and Persistence

10. Relationship/Role Models

11. Knowledge of Hidden Rules

Research has shown that out of these 11 resources the one that most often serves to lead someone out of poverty is a positive relationship/role model. This is why we emphasis training and equipping our volunteer TEAM with the tools they need to walk alongside our under-resourced friends in a way that is healthy and helpful.  

Our TEAM is our greatest resource.

T - together

E - empathizing

A - assisting

M - modeling

90% of our volunteer TEAM are local to Bradford. They live here, shop here, eat here and are connected here. 

Our TEAM knows Bradford and seeks to connect our friends in need with Bradford resources and if Bradford does not offer them, we look to partner with other agencies in South Simcoe that do.