When you first meet James, his personality is captivating and it's easy to see he is intelligent. He always has a twinkle in his eye and a joke up his sleeve. He has also lived a life of instability, and in his own words, "total turmoil." It was in that turmoil that James was introduced to Bridges Out of Poverty, a philosophy that defines poverty as the extent to which an individual does without resources.
"The United Way and the Getting Ahead Class has given me a new way to look at my community and life. It gave me the opportunity to see both ends of the economic scale and show me ways and means to get from one end to the other. It has been a great experience."
- James E. Martin
The program, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World, equips participants to investigate and develop their resources in 11 key areas. Throughout his 'Getting Ahead' class experience James faced many obstacles. However, through abstract thinking, resource connection, and perseverance he was able to overcome those barriers one by one. James graduated from the United Way of Henry County & Martinsville's 'Getting Ahead' class in October 2019. James continues building his resources as his life shifts toward a future story with more stability and peace.