We began by first agreeing on a definition of poverty - an urgent unmet need for more goods (money and material possessions), a sense of belonging, or self-worth. We then decided on a thesis about poverty which states that over time, poverty creates a mindset, and certain beliefs about self and the world that limits perceptions, choices, motivations, and behaviors in ways that tend to perpetuate the condition. This statement expresses the underlying assumption that the fundamental focus of change is the current mindset that prevents clients from escaping their impoverished conditions. Once this operational definition and point of view had been established, we then spent the next nine months collaborating to develop and articulate a program that would successfully intervene in the poverty cycle.