FAIRFIELD — Core leaders of a variety of public social services organizations continue efforts to stamp out poverty with another poverty summit meeting in November.
The 7th Solano Safety Net Summit on Poverty since 2010, scheduled Nov. 13, is designed to bring together all types of people representative of the community who can help reduce the level of poverty.
This defined movement to reduce poverty began after several people heard Donna Beegle, a motivational speaker who lived a life of generational poverty.
Christina Arrostuto, executive director of First 5 Solano, was one who was inspired by Beegle. That inspiration led to bringing the Bridging Poverty Opportunity Conferences to Solano Community College. The conferences pair those living in poverty with those who can help in a variety of ways. Beegle is the creator of the conferences.
The “safety net” conferences are a related endeavor that attempts to tackle “the root cause” of poverty.
“Let’s try to address what’s really the problem instead of (continuing to fund) programs and putting a Band-Aid on the problem,” Arrostuto said.
Arrostuto said that between 50 to 75 people show up to each meeting and they usually incorporate an educational piece, a presentation on different topics and do “some work,” such as training sessions on working together.
The group so far has established short-, medium- and long-term goals for reducing poverty that include inventories to measure capacity to provide services and bringing the opportunity conference to a local venue. The long-term goal is to align efforts with Bay Area efforts in order to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020, Arrostuto said.
The focus is on education, jobs and the economy, and safety net, which is basic needs access. Forming work groups to tackle the three focuses will be detailed at the upcoming meeting. In addition, participants will hear an update from the regional level and take stock of “who are the people who aren’t who we need to reach out to,” Arrostuto said.
Everyone is invited to attend, including those who are currently living below the poverty level.
The meeting is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
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