Poverty 101

Have you ever stopped to think about what it is like to live in poverty or homelessness in Gratiot County in the 21st century? Have you ever thought "why don't people just get a job?" or "those on state assistance have it so easy." Have you ever stopped to consider what assistance is even available to those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our community?

At Hope House our mission is to meet the temporary housing needs of Gratiot County with compassion, grace, and hope. One of the ways that we seek to accomplish this is through our community education curriculum called Poverty & Homelessness 101.

During our time together we'll breakdown stereotypes that all too often govern our understanding of those experiencing homelessness and poverty. We’ll talk about what poverty and homelessness are really like right here in our community. We’ll explore what it takes to survive in poverty and what we, as the church, can do to care for our brothers and sisters in Gratiot County. 

Homelessness & Poverty 101 training is available for groups of all forms and sizes.  We will be happy to come for a presentation for your church, club, staff, etc.

The following organizations have hosted successful Poverty 101 events:

  • St. Louis First United Methodist Church
  • Nativity of the Lord Parish
  • Gratiot County Collaborative Council
  • Alma College Nursing class
  • Child Advocacy
  • Sycamore Creek United Methodist Church

Interested in Hosting Poverty 101?

To schedule at class please call the shelter office at 989-681-8486 or email Jake Gregory.

Discussions on Poverty 101

Shelter directors Nathan Workman & Jake Gregory also have a podcast called Gospel Jazz.  Below are two episodes in which they discuss content from the Poverty & Homeless 101 course.