NETworX: Walking With the Poor
Over the past seven years a very different model has been developed for elevating people out of poverty. The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Children and poverty has worked diligently to introduce the NETworX model to churches in the Conference. In 2016 at the National Conference of UMC a resolution was introduced and adopted endorsing NETworX. In brief, the model is anchored in developing intentional friendships across class lines by surrounding poor families with two to four middle class allies for a period of 18 to 24 months. This is a strength based program and the families in poverty develop their own road map to independence. The allies walk beside them on their journey. NETworX has developed at curriculum in Spanish, English, and faith based or secular. They also have a youth curriculum available. This is to be utilized in an 8 to 12 week facilitated class that explores several aspects of poverty and enables them to develop a plan to move to independence. For those interested, the First United Methodist Church, Carson City, Nevada, in partnership with the Capital City Circles Initiative will be providing a comprehensive orientation to the model that will start at 3 .m. on April 19 and will end at noon on April 20. For additional information contact Pastor Rob Jennings-Teats at firstname.lastname@example.org, (775)-882-1436, or Steve Shaw at email@example.com, (775)-883-6506. For registration, click here.
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