Upcoming Events


March 31, 2021 , 09:00 am - 03:30 pm

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Poverty 101 is a training class that will help our community better understand the unique challenges of long-term poverty. It is designed to provide tools that will help each of us find the best way to engage with the people in our path.

By the end of this training participants will have: 

  • Increased self-awareness of life history and how that impacts personal understanding of poverty.
  • Begun to understand cross-cultural differences of social and economic class.
  • Learned about communication and relationship differences and how some specific tools can help build healthy interactions between those experiencing poverty and those in the middle and upper class.
  • Considered how theological, economic, political, governmental, and social systems create barriers to change.

You will laugh, be moved, inspired, perhaps confronted, and maybe even angered. What we can promise is that you cannot partake of Poverty 101 and not be changed in some way.

Who should attend this training:

Especially great for front desk and support staff. Open to all.

Lunch is included.

What participants are saying about this course:

“Practical tools, great insight, great knowledge base.”

“Most significant takeaway from this class is that it is possible to alleviate poverty in a compassionate way.”

“EGM’s framework of the marred identity in alleviating poverty is significant.”

“This class will be used as part of our volunteer training to make the shift to “we”.”

About the presenter(s):

Sylvia Anderson is currently the CEO of the Everett Gospel Mission in Everett, WA since 2000. She has previously been the Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Pierce County, WA. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Providence Medical Center, was appointed Co- Facilitator to the Everett Community Streets Initiative and was the 2017 recipient of the Ralli M. Hanson Inspirational Award.

John Hull is the Director of Strategic Initiatives of Everett Gospel Mission, Executive Board Member of Snohomish County Partnership to End Homelessness, and co-chair of the SnoCO MAC sheltering group. John has been with EGM for 13 years, including 5 years of direct service as Director of EGM’s Men’s Shelter. Prior to joining EGM, John spent 10 years supporting and growing private Christian Education around the Puget Sound.

Continuing Education Credits

6 Continuing Education Credits from NASW WA:

Licensed Social Workers, Marriage/Family Counselors, and Mental Health Counselors.

6 OSPI Clock Hours for Educators.

The Details:

As the class begins promptly, please arrive ten minutes early. Those who arrive late may be asked to leave without a refund or credit.

Those who stay to the end of class and return the quiz and evaluation in 5 buisness days will receive a certificate of completion. Certificates will not be issued to those leaving early.

Electronic confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of payment. After registration is received, an Outlook Invitation with details and the exact location will be sent. Accept the invitation and we will know you are coming. If you have paid and do not receive an Outlook Invitation in three to five days, please contact us. We do not allow drop-ins.

Please contact the Training Department at least ten days prior to the training if you require special accommodations.

Cancellations must be emailed and received no later than seven days prior to the event. No refund or credit will be made after that date without prior approval. If we cancel the training, registrants will be offered the next class or a full refund.

Contact us if you would like to pay for the class with a payment method other than a credit card.

Email: compasstraining@compass.org