Why Overcoming Poverty Is More Complicated Than We Think, And What We Can Do About It.
When confronted with a story about an individual suffering from the effects of poverty, some of us might initially think, “Why can’t they just get a job?” Maybe this question often comes to mind when you see the suffering right in front of you – on the street or in that part of town.
If you’ve ever asked the question, then you’re not alone. However, instead of asking “Why can’t they just get a job?” we are challenging you to ask “Why can’t they just get a job?”
When asked the right way, you can change your perspective to begin working toward the answer. Since you are here, we assume that you are already pulling for the less fortunate. You are compassionate, open minded, and searching for a way to help. Sure, you might also be a bit skeptical, but we trust that you know that those who are suffering are not the problem.
Jobs, jobs, everywhere…
The issue is not a lack of jobs. It’s not a lack of trainable people. It’s that there isn’t a clear path between vulnerable people and employers. If there was, there would already be a solution.
You can be part of the bridge across this gap, helping to map the path for both parties.
Both sides see the gap, and people on both sides have tried to cross it. What’s missing are resources, training, and people with the right vision. On both sides of the process, people lack the freedom to take risks.
What are the risks for the employer?
- They’ve been burned before when trying to do “the right thing.”
- They fear what they’ve never successfully done.
- They don’t want to risk the costs of hiring a higher risk employee.
What about risks for the employee?
- They, too, might fear what they’ve never successfully done.
- Trading dependence for independence isn’t easy. Sometimes handouts are the only “income” a person has ever known.
- They have dependents to consider as well. Very few are responsible for themselves only.