We are entertaining establishing a county wide program that would organize, oversee and administer a program where youths in Lewis County ages 13-23 are placed with quality families to assist in saving them from the trama that happens when their current living situation is sustainable. These youths are currently couch surfing, staying with grand parents, staying with teachers, staying with neighbors or even homeless all together. These youths are otherwise trying to get good grades and work their way out of their situation. Other communities have working examples we can use as models. Even foreign exchange student programs have some similarities.
This is our core purpose. Funds we collect for this cause are used generally to address poverty issues with resource integration (connecting resources efficiently), services (providing services and helping those in need to get services) and education of our community (with educational events, workshops and meetings). There are many services and resources doing great work in Lewis County but many are not working together. Let’s help each other to do better.
Some exercises that help you to experience the problem of communication barriers.
What are your perceptions and what do other see when they look at you and how does that hinder communication?
Watch the session here. https://youtu.be/p6wtAodX998
Parts 3 and 4 are here. We tried some exercises that help move the conversation and understanding along.
Day 1 of 5 sessions on understanding poverty in our community and how our community can work toward a solution. Day one is posted on youtube.com
Follow this link t to watch part 1: https://youtu.be/J6SAT9nVQcs
Follow this link to watch part 2: https://youtu.be/BV3DytlEBZc
I recently returned from a mission trip with the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana across the continental divide. Coming to a different culture, I was coached on how to converse. Don’t make direct eye contact as it can be seen as aggression. If asking a question, allow for them to respond and realize that often they might pause for a period of time even though they are not done with their response. I found that these were not easy rules to follow but I did manage to have some meaningful conversations.
I found that the same things can be said about those in poverty or need. I am also reminded of my manners and that if I am talking then I am not listening. I might have important things to say, but if I do not consider the thoughts and needs of my neighbor then we are just talking past each other and nothing will be accomplished. To truly help, we must first understand and listen and realize that this is a real person coming to the discussion with a different perspective, life experience and skill set than your own. It is your job to bridge the communication divide.