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Writing To Heal From Trauma: Women Pen Memoirs With Help From Michael Patrick MacDonald

90.9 WBUR TheARTery

For many people who’ve endured trauma, writing brings a sense of peace. And now a program at Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston, called “Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise,” is helping women write their own memoirs as a form of healing. Guiding the writing is Michael Patrick MacDonald, Boston native and author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie.” WBUR’s Deborah Becker spoke with MacDonald and one of the women who took his memoir course, Jennifer McCall.

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Applying Research to Create Real Pathways out of Poverty

Communities and Banking - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Winter 2015

Deborah Youngblood, vice president of research and innovation at Crittenton Women's Union, gives an introductory explanation of how emerging brain science has informed, and continues to shape, the agency's theory of change and approach to building economic independence among low-income individuals and their families.

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Debt weighs heavily on those trying to rise from poverty

Boston Globe

“It’s really hard,” she said, “when you feel like they’re just looking at your credit.” Brown’s experience is just one example of how debt makes it even harder for low-income families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty — even as they take steps, such as gaining new skills and higher levels of education, that are supposed to help, according to a new study by Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston nonprofit that helps people find ways out of poverty. The study, based on a survey of more than 100 low-income individuals, found that most of the debts resulted from stretches of unemployment, medical costs, and student loans. The study also found that poor people are often overwhelmed by high interest rates that make it nearly impossible to pay down debts, then penalized again when prospective employers or landlords conduct credit checks before hiring or renting to them.

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For-profit colleges get harsh grades by former students: Graduates complain of onerous debt, unmet promises about careers

Boston Globe

The pitch made by for-profit colleges, a staple of daytime and late-night TV, often features successful alumni from the schools, from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers to Hollywood animators. Yet the US Department of Education estimated that 72 percent of the for-profit programs at 7,000 schools produced graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts. Many of those students — veterans, single mothers, teenagers — end up in debt, often without degrees, jobs, or prospects.

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This is your Brain on Poverty

WNPR- Connecticut's Public Media Source

CWU President and CEO, Beth Babcock, participated in a broadcast of WNPR's "Where We Live," exploring the psychology and the brain science of poverty, and what's being done to combat the stress it brings.

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