The Just Neighbors Faith-Based Toolkit


Just Neighbors is an interactive, multi-media curriculum, packed as a "ToolKit" loaded with useful information, activities that enable you to help your neighbors, students, congregation members or volunteers understand the causes of poverty in our nation.

There are nine, one-hour program sessions, including:

  • Five original videos
  • Two poverty simulation exercises
  • Two role play exercises
  • Nine sessions which provide engaged discussion for understanding and responding to poverty in your local community.

The ToolKit can be used for a nine session program, or each session can stand on its own.


What's in the ToolKit?

The Toolkit contains everything you need to lead a successful program.

All materials are durable and reusable. However you decide to use Just Neighbors, the first use won't be the last.


Toolkit Contents


Facilitator's Guide Just Neighbors Facilitator's Guide
The Facilitator's Guide is divided into nine sessions, and the guide material for each session is divided into four sections:

  • The Session at a Glance, which gives a general description of the session, its essential message, overall objectives, and timeline for presentation.
  • Preparation, which includes background information, resources for further research, materials and supplies needed for effective presentation, setup procedures, and video summaries as appropriate.
  • Presenting the Session, which gives you detailed instructions for presenting the session.
  • Handouts, which you can reproduce for participants to use during the session and take with them when the session is over.

Original Videos

Several sessions include original videos that reviewers have called "eye-opening."Just Neighbors Original Videos

In one, participants are introduced to three families living in poverty. They see the obstacles that the families face each day.

In another, participants meet a family living in poverty before trying to balance the family's budget, experiencing the nearly impossible financial decisions that low-income families must make on a daily basis.

Another video informs participants about ways in which communities are responding to the need for housing.

In a particularly moving video, children show photographs that they have taken of their lives and tell of the harsh realities of growing up poor. In an accompanying activity, participants identify the essential elements all children need to thrive.

Audio CD Just Neighbors Audio CD

Through an audio CD, participants meet Annie, a single mother struggling to care for her children. Then they must make the tough decisions that Annie faces, and feel the stresses and struggles of life below the poverty line.

And More . . .

  • interactive activity booklets that lead participants through the decisions that Annie must make, each decision leading to a new set of circumstances Just Neighbors Activity Cards
  • character cards for an activity in which participants take on the roles of people of different economic status and grapple with the differing ways they are affected by economic trends reflected in the news of the day
  • children's discovery cards to show the challenges children face, and to suggest possible solutions
  • a sturdy case with carrying handle to make the ToolKit easy to transport and store

Our Thirty-Day Money-Back Guarantee: We feel certain that Just Neighbors will work for your group, inspiring compassion and transforming intention into action, because we have seen it work so well for so many other groups. However, if you are not satisfied with the results after using the Just Neighbors ToolKit, you may return it within thirty days of purchase for a full refund.