November 16 12pm-2pm

Why don’t economic safety nets pull people out of poverty?

How often have middle class people asked, “Why don’t poor people . . . plan for the future . . . work harder . . . take advantage of services . . . pull themselves up by the bootstraps?

What do you mean that food pantries and thrift stores can contribute to generational poverty?

The Cambridge Council of Christian Churches through the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council will host a seminar for church leaders on the Bridges Out of Poverty model developed by Ruby Payne and Bill Ehlig on Wednesday November 16, at 12:00pm at the Brieman Building of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church.

This seminar is for anyone interested in identifying the hidden rules of economic class, strategies for communication and conflict resolution among classes that can sabotage well-meaning efforts to confront poverty. The Bridges out of Poverty model speaks to the disconnect between economic groups that limits available resources for addressing generational poverty. It is especially helpful for church leaders who are seeking to begin or expand ministry among the poor.

Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. There is no fee for this event however you may wish to purchase materials.

About Rev. Kate Kotfila

Kate Kotfila is pastor at the United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, NY. An important spiritual discipline for Kate is traveling in places where life is very different than in Cambridge. Kate served as Albany Presbytery's 2019 Moderator. You can reach her at and learn more about the United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge at

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