Bridges Out of Poverty – April 2017

What is Bridges Out of Poverty®?

This workshop, based on the book, Bridges Out of Poverty®®‡, emphasizes concepts, strategies, and approaches to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty on an individual and community level. The goal is to provide a better understanding of the typical characteristics of different economic classes, that is, the wealthy, middle class, and, especially, those in poverty. The day will be a combination of oral presentations, videos, group discussions, and Q & A sessions.

Note that we invite not only Vincentians (members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul [SVdP), but also other partner non-profits and agencies in the community who also work with and serve the poor. The idea is to invite all to start making connections in our communities, so that SVdP Conferences can find allies and partners and better serve the poor together.

Date, time, location:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
3500 School Lane
Drexel Hill, PA. 19026

How to sign up:

All Philadelphia area Vincentians are welcome, but we would especially like to see a strong presence from those in Delaware County. As in all our training and formation sessions, there is no up-front cost. Currently we are using SignUpGenius to track and organize registrations for these events. Click HERE for the event page for this Bridges Out of Poverty® workshop.

You will see times, directions, and other information about the event via that link. If you, or anyone in your conference has problems using that site, contact me directly and I can help. For more instructions on signupgenius see below my signature. If you have any questions, please let me know.

God Bless,
Paul Marin
The Society of St Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia
Formation Chair, Archdiocesan Central Council
Secretary, St. Katherine of Siena Conference

The book is published by Aha! Process and is available directly through their website or via Amazon Smile
NOTE: There is no need to purchase the book ahead of time. One will be provided to each participant at the event.

** How to create an account on
 Use your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome, etc.) to visit the following website:
– At the top menu bar on the right hand side click on the [Login / Join] button.
- Under “SignUpGenius Login” click on New Member Registration
– Fill in the boxes for the following:
o First Name
o Last Name
o Email
o Re-enter Email
o Password
– Click on the [REGISTER NOW] button.
– Your SignUpGenius account (your email) is now created

** How to log in and register for events on
– Use your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome, etc.) to visit the following website:
– At the top menu bar on the right hand side click on the [Login / Join] button.
– Under “SignUpGenius Login” and “Member Login” enter your Email and Password.
– Now that you are logged in, there are 2 ways to find a sign up page:
1. Copy & Paste the web address from the email announcement into the same web browser while you are logged in. [See the web address above]
2. Use the top menu: Help  Find A Sign Up. Then under “Search by Email” enter the host’s email address (usually and the random text in the box just below that.)
– Once you are on the sign up page, you will see the SVdP logo, the title of the event, and the details of the event.
– Right below this is a red box titled, “Available Slot” with the slots that you can sign up for, usually including: “Morning help to set up”, “Attendee”, and “Afternoon Clean Up”
– Under each slot is a small red box that says [Sign Up].
– For each slot you are interested in signing up for click the little white square in the [Sign Up] box (use “Attendee” at a minimum).
– At the very bottom of the page, click the larger red box [Submit and Sign Up].
– You will then be prompted to confirm a few things:
o All slots that you signed up for
o Quantity of people you are bringing
o Your Home Parish
o Your Phone Number
– At the bottom click the [Sign Up Now!] button.
– You have now signed up for an event!