Friendship House of Christian Service in Billings, Montana, seeks to address the root causes, systemic issues, and habits that can contribute to the cycle of poverty. In my conversation with Jeromy Emerling, executive director of Friendship House, he describes the innovative programs that help participants look at their circumstances and relationships through a new lens, building tools for better self-determination and improving the community as a whole.
Jeromy recommends the following resources for a more deep understanding of the cycle of poverty:
Aha Process, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," by Ruby Payne, at http://www.ahaprocess.com/. (Note: this was referred to in the episode as "Aha Institute.")