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    Question 1: When you hear the phrase “Poverty to Progress,” what comes to mind? What are the tools you think people need to move out of and stay out of poverty here in the city?

    • Hopelessness
    • Empowerment
    • Building assets
    • Concern
    • Change
    • Compassion
    • Economic sacrifice
    • Sharing
    • Sustainability
    • Unity
    • Justice
    • Struggles
    • Reality
    • Starting place
    • Disparities
    • Health care system
    • Childcare
    • Brother’s keeper
    • Community

    Question 2: What are some of the challenges related to this barrier that you think make it difficult for people to become economically secure?

    • Staffing issues (not enough staff in the workforce)
    • Stigma
    • Finances
    • Addictions
    • Nutrition choices
    • Insurance (too high or none at all)
    • Racial profiling and discrimination
    • Lack of primary care
    • Transportation
    • Over medicate
    • Chain of command
    • Jobs with no sick leave
    • Communication styles
    • Mindset
    • Dysfunctional families
    • Falsifying medical documentation
    • Need for life skill training

    Question 3: We know that just throwing money at a problem rarely solves it. What concrete, actionable steps (as it relates to this barrier) would you like to see taken to create pathways out of poverty in the city?

    • Work to decrease wait list for services
    • Increase funding
    • Policy and regulation changes
    • Assistance for funding
    • Community action to state and federal legislation
    • Responsible political action
    • Incentive to keep college graduates around
    • Internships and job security
    • More effective communication
    • Businesses making a commitment to mentoring youth
    • Work with colleges on educating the community on health/mental health
    • Entrepreneur programs and state grants to help assist with start up
    • Leadership models
    • Allow training for non-violent criminals while serving time with the option to continue training with assistance if needed

    Question 4: What does success look like here? Should it be based on changing overall rates of poverty? Creating new opportunities rather than focusing on concrete numbers? Etc.

    • An increase in graduation rates
    • Youth furthering their education or servicing their country (military, army, marines)
    • Lees people at the Salvation Army
    • Less people working multiple jobs
    • Vocational programs in the City of Lynchburg having ownership
    • Drop crime ratings within the community
    • Lessen the gap between the haves and the have nots
    • Decrease length of construction projects