Bridges out of Poverty focuses on educating people in the helping professions (e.g. hospitals, correctional facilities, and social service fields) about the unique (and sometimes hidden) obstacles individuals from poverty face. The authors expand upon the content of Payne's earlier book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, to include information about mentors and improving the work performance of people from poverty. Also included are sections advising social service agencies about the types of modifications they can make to better serve the poor, and tactics entire bureaucracies can employ to better serve clients who come from the culture of poverty. The epilogue includes life stories from individuals who struggled up from poverty. A valuable tool for both individuals and institutions with a mission of serving the poor.