The aHa! Process series is funded and run by the Salvation Army.

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# 1 Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a book and a 16-session curriculum that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Getting Ahead provides people in poverty with the same information found in Bridges Out of Poverty, which was developed for professionals and others working to end poverty in the community.


The curriculum involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator. Participants, called “investigators,” are encouraged to examine their own experience of poverty and explore issues in the community that impact poverty − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.

Program facilitators guide investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency. Getting Ahead puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.


Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World - Getting Ahead facilitators help under-resourced individuals to take charge of their lives, complete a self-assessment of their own resources and make plans to build them. They develop a series of mental models to examine their own lives and create new future stories, help stabilize their lives, investigate the impact that poverty has had on themselves and their community and uses this information to build resources for a better life and community. 16 weeks for up to 16 participants.

# 2 Getting Ahead in the Workplace

Getting Ahead in the Workplace is a workbook of 15 facilitated sessions to help under-resourced people build resources and gain control over their future stories, for a better life at home and at work.

 Participants create their own success by investigating:

     – The realities of conditions at home/work/community and how they impact stability
     – The “hidden rules” and special language of getting ahead in the workplace
     – How to build resources and relationships that open doors and help keep them open
     – Practical skills for dealing with change and creating stability at work and at home
     – The power of intentionally creating and following a new future story plan

# 3 Getting Ahead While Getting Out

Getting Ahead While Getting Out – The purpose of the Getting Ahead while Getting Out Reentry Model is to provide citizens returning from incarceration and their families a comprehensive, community- and relationshipbased approach to reentry that begins in pre-release and follows through with long-term support. 20 sessions for 12 participants. Note: Each program would require a 2-person certified facilitator training, facilitator stipend, workbooks, incentives (as per the program), childcare and meals for all sessions.