The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 1, 2014

Bridges out of Poverty workshop Friday

By Samantha Pidde
The Clinton Herald

CLINTON — Area leaders will join together Friday morning to learn more about poverty.

Andrea Kleinschmidt, from the Council of Social Agencies, expects representatives from Clinton social service organizations, the justice system, the city and area businesses to attend the Bridges out of Poverty workshop, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Club, 222 1/2 S. Second St.

Jim Ott, a school psychologist with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, will present information on generational poverty and how families can move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

“I think that it will give everyone an idea why the people in this area make the decisions they will make,” said Kleinschmidt.

During the afternoon, individuals who have faced homelessness and other hardships will share their stories. Kleinschmidt said it is an eye-opening event about overcoming barriers.

The cost of the event is $35 for Council of Social Agencies members and $40 for nonmembers. The workshop is filling up, but someone seeking registration can e-mail Kleinschmidt at

Samantha Pidde can be contacted at