Margaret Murphy is seated at the Bridges Out of Poverty gathering on
Nov. 21 at First United Methodist Church. By pure coincidence, a man
at her table tells her how he made it through two aneurysms.She isn’t
here to take Denise’s place. In fact, she started coming because
Denise had introduced her to Bridges. Margaret Murphy has been working
a part-time job for senior citizens, taking a class on managing her
finances and getting ready to go back to school — resolute that she’s
turned her back on about 30 years as a certified nursing assistant.
“That’s hard work,” she says of her CNA career.
The guest speaker on this day is Phil DeVol, who co-authored the book
“Bridges Out of Poverty” and wrote “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By
World,” both of which lay the groundwork for the local Bridges
“The reason I wrote ‘Getting Ahead’ is that I learned that people in
poverty are problem solvers,” DeVol says.
He tells the crowd that he’s observed poverty and charity since he was
a kid in a missionary family in India, then drafted to serve in the
Vietnam War, came back to live among poor neighborhoods in Fort Wayne
and then worked in the addictions field for some 20 years.