Bridges out of Poverty: 11 Essential Resources

Bridges Out of Poverty defines poverty as the extent to which one does without resources. Resources are tools one uses to navigate their environment and survive it. The more resources you have the better equipped you are to be successful in your environment.

Financial
Money to purchase goods and services
Emotional
Ability to control emotional responses
Mental/Cognitive
Mental capability to deal with daily life
Language/Formal Register
Ability to use appropriate vocabulary and grammar
Social Capital Support Systems
Friends, family, and other resources to help
Physical
Physical health and mobility
Spiritual
Belief in divine purpose and guidance
Integrity & Trust
Trust, predictability, safety
Motivation & Persistence
Energy, drive, planning
Relationship/Role Models
Access to people who consistently behave appropriately and are nurturing
Knowledge of Hidden Rules
Know unspoken cues and behaviors of different groups

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