Charlie is a senior citizen who grew up in what most would consider “middle class’. To learn a bit more about Tri County Community Action and the community around him, Charlie enrolled in our Getting Ahead classes. This isn’t too unusual, except that Charlie came to us with a “middle class mindset” although technically, Charlie is also financially he is in poverty.
In Charlie’s mind during the beginning of the class, he did not understand how people “who could do better”, weren’t doing so. Throughout this month, he’s been working with his Getting Ahead teacher and has been evaluating where people are in their lives and evaluating his own.
While going over the hidden rules of the socio-economic classes, Charlie had his aha! moment and is coming to understand and be empathetic to people who didn’t have the same upbringing as he did. Charlie now makes more effort to understand others who are struggling like he is and is hesitant to judge people based on their generational experiences.