The cycle of poverty is vicious, unrelenting, and impacts everyone in its vicinity. For many, the cycle of poverty begins with the cycle of trauma. Trauma can take many faces. Trauma could be an abusive household. Trauma could be an unsafe neighborhood. Trauma could be unstable housing. Trauma can be food insecurity. Trauma could be unreliable employment. Trauma can appear different to different people.
The one thing all trauma has in common is that it consumes all of your physical and mental resources. Your focus becomes your immediate needs: safety, nourishment, shelter, etc. And rightfully so.
With all of one’s bandwidth focused on basic needs, you become unable to look for better work or better-paying work, concentrate in school or training, seek out resources—keeping you entrenched in this cycle of trauma. It is this cycle that leads to the better-known cycle of poverty.
Passage Home looks to break the cycle of trauma and poverty for our clients through a plethora of interventions and supports focused on creating stability and security, setting and achieving long-term goals, and addressing the Social Determinants of Health within our communities.
Our self-sufficiency program has three main client groups: Families living in poverty or at risk of poverty, veterans, and youth.