This module was prepared by Cadet Kelly Melfi, and presented in class on 4/27/2020. The class Power Point is attached under Aims below.
To discover our WE --
"NBC News' Lester Holt investigates a double bind for a growing number of Americans. Some hard-working people are grappling with an economic "cliff effect" where a pay raise can actually make them worse off while also costing taxpayers at the same time."
This disincentive happens when the gain in income from work is exceeded by the loss in income from benefits, because the person is no longer eligible for programs.
We have to be careful when referring people to certain programs because they can become reliant upon them.
“Its hard to get out of it once you are in it, it feels just like a trap!”
The Salvation Army has a unique opportunity
ASK OURSELVES: Have we ever helped someone facing poverty? Have we ever hurt someone facing poverty? Why do we still have people in poverty? What do we think poverty is? Are we offering physical responses to an otherworldly problem that has been ging on ever since the fall?
ASSESS: What kind of poverty is it? What kind of response is called for?
ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE and EMPOWER using strength-based methods.
Corbett, S. & Fikkert, B. (2009). When helping hurts: how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor--and yourself. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
Mooney, L.A., Knox, D. & Schach, C. (2017). Understanding social problems (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.