Treasure McKenzie, Program Director
Shenia Salimonu, Bridges Coach
Yesenia Ochoa, Bridges Coach

Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty empowers low income families to radically change their lives by discovering and overcoming barriers to success. It focuses on empowering those in poverty to investigate the barriers in the community that keep people from getting ahead and educates the entire community on the complexities of poverty. Using the concepts developed by Dr. Ruby Payne, Phil DeVol, and Terri Dreussi Smith in their book Bridges Out of Poverty, the initiative seeks to empower those in poverty to identify and use the abilities they already have to solve their own problems through analyzing their realities. Community workshops for business, industry, schools, colleges, city employees, churches, police and fire departments, local service providers and interested community volunteers are available upon request.

The Getting Ahead class is a 20-week program held every Tuesday evening, 5:30-8:30 pm starting in August and February. Dinner is provided to all participants and their children, and supervised childcare is provided while parents are in class.

To request more information about the Getting Ahead class, please complete the contact form below.

Dental & Vision Clinic

Central Baptist Church is home to Muskogee’s free dental and vision clinic only available for active participants or graduates of the Getting Ahead class and active members of Celebrate Recovery.

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