Ministering to those in Poverty

About the Episode

Donna Rivett, the Dean of Industrial Education at Indian River State College, and Dana Allin discuss the differences and assumptions that define poverty as well as the importance of engaging with those caught in the cycle of poverty. Donna gives insight into how we can begin to better understand not only the differences of poverty, but how those differences can shape the driving forces of our ministry and outreach. She paints a picture of how to develop deep relationships and engage in ministry among your community through a resource called, Bridges out of Poverty.

About Our Guest

Donna Rivett is a native Floridian who has been employed 35 years at Indian River State College (IRSC), in Fort Pierce, Florida, currently in the position of Dean of Industrial Education. Ms. Rivett earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

Donna Rivett holds Facilitator certifications as: for Bridges Out of Poverty, Workplace Stability, and Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students. Over the past 11 years, she has shared this training with the community-at-large as well as for employees of IRSC, totaling over 1,500 individuals.

Ms. Rivett is an 18-year member of Indian River Presbyterian Church (IRPC), and has serves as a Session elder, and sings in the Sanctuary Choir. Donna has chaired several initiatives and campaigns at IRPC including most recently, the Chair of the Pastor Search Team. Over the years, she has served as Chair of the church’s Discernment Committee and the Worship Ministry Team.

Additional Resources

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Bridges out of Poverty

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