The Clay County Court Appointed Special Advocate organization (CASA) has organized an upcoming workshop to help those stricken by poverty.
The event, "Bridges Out of Poverty," will take place Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and will take place at the Y of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
Cost is $10 per person, which includes the "Bridges Out of Poverty" book, co-written by Ruby Payne, Philip DeVol and Teri Dreussi Smith, workbook, lunch and breaks.
Clay County CASA Director Lisa Metz told The Brazil Times this is the first time the workshop has been available in the county.
"I had heard about it from other counties and had not been able to attend," Metz said. "I saw that it was Purdue Extension that had put it on and I called our extension agent (Peggy Davis) to see if we could get one here."
The purpose of the workshop, according to Metz, is to provide professionals and administrative staff in the county with tools and insights that help clients move out of the restrictive circumstances imposed by poverty.
The workshop will help participants to communicate effectively while assisting clients from poverty to "learn quickly."
Metz said she hopes the workshop will help people learn more about the poverty culture while enabling people to "get out of poverty."
"We're hoping for a better understanding of how to work with people in our community," Metz said. "Poverty is a huge problem. (The workshop will) better help and educate people and help the children that we work with overcome."
Guest speakers include Annette Lawler, Harrison County Extension Educator, and Karen Hinshaw, Huntington County Extension Educator. According to Metz, both are certified as trainers for the "Bridges Out of Poverty" curriculum.
Sponsors for the workshop include Step Ahead, St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Purdue Extension, Subway, Kroger, Brazil Coffee Company, Simply Decadent, Goodies Galore, Walmart, Page's and Pepsi.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 by Oct. 20 to register in addition to discuss special dietary accommodations or more information.
Those attending paying via check should make checks payable to Purdue CES Ed. Fund Clay County, 6659 N. State Road 59, Brazil, Ind., 47834.