Generational Poverty

Sociologists have determined that people need resources in nine areas to function successfully in today’s world. Deficiencies in more than four of these areas will doom a person to a life of poverty and dependence.

That is why philanthropists who believe the lack of financial and material resources is the only element that traps people in poverty are so frustrated with their results. They are dealing with only one part of a complicated whole.

We believe that people trapped in generational poverty must be viewed wholistically – body, soul and spirit. If we truly care, we will seek to empower people in as many of these areas as possible:

  • Physical health and mobility
  • Mental abilities and (applied) education to deal with life’s demands
  • Emotional resources to avoid self-destructive behaviors and pursue choices and opportunities
  • Financial resources to acquire needed goods and services
  • Spiritual resources to give strength and purpose
  • Support network of friends and family for times of crisis
  • Role models who do not engage in self-destructive behaviors
  • Positive self-image and sense of hope for the future
  • Adaptability to the values of the workplace

Cru's "Circle of Hope" (below) was developed with these needs in mind. Each of the three phases addresses one or more of the nine areas listed above.

We need to develop an understanding of the whole process. In addition, we need to become proficient in talking about all nine areas.

Poverty is a lack of options. We create options together with the whole body of Christ. The circle of hope is how Cru partners with the church to impact those who are in need with the good news of the gospel.