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about HOPE

HOPE Ministries, Capital Area United Way member agency, A workshop

serves the impoverished of East Baton Rouge Parish by
helping families at-risk for homelessness reach self- for case
sufficiency through three primary programs:
Family Mentoring Program managers,
Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World poverty
workshop series social workers
Client Choice Food Pantry
HOPE’s team, with over 75 years combined experience or anyone
working with people in at-risk communities, along with our
volunteers establish relationships that help the people we who wants to
serve become independent with dignity. HOPE has con-
ducted multiple trainings for volunteers who mentor people learn more
in crisis. And HOPE volunteers have given thousands of
hours serving families in need. about the
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impact of
about the trainer poverty and
Richard “Dick” Stonich, retired Senior Vice President and
Corporate Secretary of Iberville Bank, has more than 38 years how to help
experience in the banking and financial industry. After his
retirement, Dick began volunteering with HOPE as a financial
consultant for our clients and he facilitates Getting Ahead in a
Just-Gettin’-By World workshop series. Dick is committed to
helping people understand how correctly managing finances
can truly change their life circumstances. With vast experi-
the dynamics of
ence and knowledge, Dick helps workshop participants
explore the issues that many families face today in an
interactive, motivating and thought-provoking manner.
Dick’s extensive work with the impoverished and his personal
history with alcohol addiction and subsequent rehabilitation
and recovery give him personal knowledge of the struggles
people in poverty face on a day-to-day basis. He has traveled This program has been approved for
throughout the nation speaking to groups through Alcoholics six (6) continuing education contact hours by the
Anonymous. HOPE Ministries contracts with Dick to instruct National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter,
the “Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty” workshop based as authorized by the
upon his lifelong experience in the financial industry, his ex- Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners,
tensive work with the impoverished and his personal experi- and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements
ence with addictive disorders. for licensure renewal.
why attend? so you can: what people are saying about it:
Understand poverty’s impact on individuals, “Since attending the workshop, I have found that my per-
ception of everyday interactions and observations has
families and society changed significantly. One of the most memorable lessons I
learned at the workshop was the „unwritten rules‟ of the
Recognize the 4 impact areas of poverty research lower, middle, and upper classes. I think about these daily
Be aware of the hidden rules of economic class as I go about my life. I see things differently now.”

Learn the 11 personal resources each individual “This information is valuable not only to counselors, case
possesses and how to help build these resources managers, and program managers, but also to those who
write grants for programs that include or target the impover-
Realize how language, family structure and other ished.”
social barriers help keep people in poverty
Understand how building strong relationships “Very effective — changed my mind-set.”
helps alleviate racial and socio-economic biases
Change common mind-sets and address stereo- “I attended this seminar in December and found the training
types about people who live in poverty superior. If you work with a population that is impover-
ished, or if you just want to better understand the dynamics
Recognize the differences between generational of poverty, I highly recommend the seminar.”
and situational poverty
“This course should be required for every minister and pa-
Increase compassion and thus enhance how people rishioner!”
are treated so that the community as a whole can
“Very informative and helpful for understanding my clients
respond with kindness and care in poverty-stricken areas.”

when and where?

who should attend? HOPE can bring the workshop to you, your agency or
Case Managers your community, or you can attend one of the multiple
Social Workers workshops scheduled throughout the year in Baton
Counselors Rouge. To find out more about scheduling and cost,
Teachers contact Janet Simmons at 255-355-0702 ext. 22 or
Anyone working with people in poverty email at