GULF BREEZE — The nonprofit organization Santa Rosa County Bridges Out of Poverty will hold a two-day workshop on understanding and alleviating poverty.

The event is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17 at the Tiger Point Community Center, 1255 Country Club Road, Gulf Breeze. 

Saturday, workshop attendees will learn a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change and analyze poverty through the prism of class, resources, family structure and language.

Participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes, but the focus of the workshop is to provide a broad overview of concepts. This training helps employers, community organizations, social service agencies and individuals gain insight and strategies.

Sunday, participants will learn more about applying Bridges concepts.

Lessons include:

Language experience, cognitive issues, and barriers to change  
How to use mental models to communicate effectively
Skills of mediation
Relationship building and mentoring

Jodi Pfarr will provide the training. Since 2001, Pfarr has worked internationally, conducting seminars with insight and humor.

"Her style allows her to connect with diverse audiences," a media release for the event states. "Her ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, judges, teachers, religious institutions, social services, and fire departments.

"Pfarr grew up in a rural area and lives in an urban city, giving her a keen understanding of both demographics, as well as the diversity and unique dynamics within both."

She will share the knowledge she has gained from years of hands-on experience within the criminal justice system, social services and nonprofit organizations.

Registration is limited and required to attend. Visit to register.

Contact Karen Barber at 983-5001 for more information.