Join us for a special poverty seminar by Dr. Donna Beegle, renowned motivational speaker and poverty expert.


This seminar will take place on Friday, September 11, 2020.  It will be held from 9:00am until 12:00pm.  The location is pending. This seminar will provide attendees with insights on how to overcome poverty, race, gender, and generational barriers when serving those in need.


When the location has been determined it will be posted here. Please check this page periodically.

Your registration for the old date will be transferred to the new date.  If you need

to cancel your attendance, please let Anne Watson know. Her email is She will be happy to issue a refund of your registration fee.

About the Presenter:

After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, having two children, and continuing to cope with poverty while being essentially homeless her entire life, Donna Beegle found herself at 25 with no husband, little education, and limited job skills. Then, in 10 short years, she went from GED to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Learning Objectives: In this interactive session, participants will

  • Enhance their poverty knowledge base and shatter the myths and stereotypes that get in the way of connecting with our neighbors

  • Develop a common definition of poverty and a common language to discuss issues with peers and partners

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the many different life experiences of poverty and explore how they impact success

  • Learn about the differences in communication across social class

  • Obtain concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with those who live in the crisis of poverty

  • Develop their understanding on how to impact the individuals with whom they work

  • Gain practical/usable strategies for individual and organizational actions that have proven to improve outcomes


St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County

520 Crescent Avenue

South Bend, IN 46617


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