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Dynamics of Poverty

East County Building Blue Lake Room
600 NE 8th Street
Gresham, OR 97030, US (map)

There are three entrances for the building, one on each end and one at the front of the building on 8th street. The Blue Lake room is on the first floor on the east side of the building near the senior center. Restrooms are located on the east side of the building, there is a Men’s, Women’s and a no gender/family wheel chair accessible bathroom. The parking lot is to the side of the building and a TriMet parking garage is across the street. This facility is next to the Gresham Transit Center.



This training will help participants define poverty and explore its causes and effects. We will review national and local data on the demographics of people living in poverty as well as risk factors that can make one more vulnerable to economic instability. We will also explore the significance of the federal poverty line and social attitudes toward the poor and their implications for people living in poverty.

This information will translate into implications for service providers who as result of this workshop will be better equipped to provide more responsive and relevant services, and have time to practice communication skills that are effective in working with people from all income backgrounds. Finally, participants will explore and identify opportunities to join in efforts to end poverty.