What's Your Proximity Index?

Do you care about issues of injustice, especially with regards to poverty in our country? Are you looking for ways to move beyond awareness into a more active state? Before you can begin that journey, you need to understand your own positioning and preparedness to do so.

This short survey will help you discover how proximate you are to the 142.6 million low-income residents in the U.S. While there are numerous injustices and factors that could be addressed in this survey, these 20 questions isolate the key issues facing those in poor communities in the U.S. There are two sections to the survey, focusing on location and relationships. After you complete the survey, you will receive your Proximity Index along with suggestions to move towards greater activism.
Your responses are completely confidential and anonymous.
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LOCATION
Where you live can affect how often you encounter the poor and the systems that impact them. The following are questions that relate to the community in which you live:

 
At your local school, what percentage of students receive free and reduced lunch? If you are not sure, make your best estimate.


 
Where do you go to buy groceries?


 
How many payday lending locations are in your community?


 
How close is the nearest housing project to where you live?


 
How close are temporary labor locations to your community?


 
How prevalent are empty lots or boarded-up buildings in your community?


 
How familiar are you with social service buildings?


 
RELATIONSHIPS
The relationships people have with friends, neighbors, and residents in a local community have an impact on their understanding of those who are poor. The following questions will examine the relational connections that exist within your communities.

 
How do your neighbors perceive law enforcement?


 
How important are government services such as Medicaid, section 8 vouchers, and SNAP benefits to your neighbors?


 
How well do you know the homeless in your community?


 
How vital is public transportation to your neighbors?


 
How important to your community are computers that are made available to anyone at public locations such as libraries?


 
Are there people in your community who are temporary laborers?


 
How vital are laundromats to your local community of friends and/or family?


 
How many of your friends/family had access to post-secondary education?


 
How many people do you know who have worked on their GED (General Education Diploma)?


 
What healthcare option describes what a majority of your neighbors have access to?


 
What forms of identification do people in your community often have?


 
In my community, kids most often participate in the following organized sports:


 
How do you keep in touch with those in your community who are in prison?


From the creator of the Proximity Index: 

Thank you for your willingness to discover your Proximity Index. I’m Michelle Warren, and I’m the author of The Power of Proximity, Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. After living in poor communities for more than 20 years, I have learned so much about myself, others, and Jesus who became proximate to us to reconcile the world to himself. 

Proximity to injustice transforms your view of the bigger world and the people moving about in it. Most importantly, it transforms you in all the ways that are necessary to help you take part in God’s process of redeeming and rebuilding what is broken. Proximity to the poor radically changed my perspective and is the reason I think that the most radical, transformative thing you can do as a Christian is to become proximate to injustice. A proximity journey is very personal because personal starting points are so diverse, but the transformative work of proximity enables us to move forward with integrity together. 

Based on your responses, your proximity index is: {{var_score}}.
Here is a description of where this locates you on the index:
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NOT YET PROXIMATE
(Under 25)

You have the opportunity to look into the future and see what your next move can be as you consider your place and the poor. You may be aware of some elements of injustice, yet you are not sure how to make an impact. I encourage you to consider looking at how you can become more proximate to pain and injustice in substantive ways so you can move beyond awareness to action.

A Quote to Inspire You Forward
"A proximity journey is very personal because personal starting points are so diverse, but the transformative work of proximity enables us to move forward with integrity together."

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From the creator of the Proximity Index: 

Thank you for your willingness to discover your Proximity Index. I’m Michelle Warren, and I’m the author of The Power of Proximity, Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. After living in poor communities for more than 20 years, I have learned so much about myself, others, and Jesus who became proximate to us to reconcile the world to himself. 

Proximity to injustice transforms your view of the bigger world and the people moving about in it. Most importantly, it transforms you in all the ways that are necessary to help you take part in God’s process of redeeming and rebuilding what is broken. Proximity to the poor radically changed my perspective and is the reason I think that the most radical, transformative thing you can do as a Christian is to become proximate to injustice. A proximity journey is very personal because personal starting points are so diverse, but the transformative work of proximity enables us to move forward with integrity together. 

Based on your responses, your proximity index is: {{var_score}}.
Here is a description of where this locates you on the index:
____________________________

MOVING TOWARDS PROXIMITY
(25-38)

You are on the road to having a wider, transformed lens to see those impacted by poverty and injustice. As you consider your future position, growing in your awareness and even in increasing your level of action, keep leaning in so that you are practicing the justice we are all seeking.

A Quote to Inspire You Forward 
"The most profound move you can make to address pain and injustice is to become proximate to it. Becoming proximate to the poor, those impacted most by injustice, is the most radical, transformative thing you can do to impact it. Proximity to the poor is powerful."

Order your copy of The Power of Proximity to learn how you can move more deeply from awareness to greater proximity and action.
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Get "The Power of Proximity"
From the creator of the Proximity Index: 

Thank you for your willingness to discover your Proximity Index. I’m Michelle Warren, and I’m the author of The Power of Proximity, Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. After living in poor communities for more than 20 years, I have learned so much about myself, others, and Jesus who became proximate to us to reconcile the world to himself. 

Proximity to injustice transforms your view of the bigger world and the people moving about in it. Most importantly, it transforms you in all the ways that are necessary to help you take part in God’s process of redeeming and rebuilding what is broken. Proximity to the poor radically changed my perspective and is the reason I think that the most radical, transformative thing you can do as a Christian is to become proximate to injustice. A proximity journey is very personal because personal starting points are so diverse, but the transformative work of proximity enables us to move forward with integrity together. 

Based on your responses, your proximity index is: {{var_score}}.
Here is a description of where this locates you on the index:
____________________________

MILDLY PROXIMATE
(39-58)

You are gaining more clarity into the world of the poor. Your lens is beginning to change, and you are sensing that the need to move into deeper relationships with others is paramount as you consider your future place and practice as a Christian who wants to respond to injustice with integrity.

A Quote to Inspire You Forward 
"Proximity to injustice transforms your view of the bigger world and the people moving about in it. Most importantly, it transforms you in all the ways that are necessary to help you take part in God’s process of redeeming and rebuilding what is broken."

Order your copy of The Power of Proximity to learn how you can continue your journey to greater proximity and action.
Buy now and get 30% off!
Get "The Power of Proximity"
From the creator of the Proximity Index: 

Thank you for your willingness to discover your Proximity Index. I’m Michelle Warren, and I’m the author of The Power of Proximity, Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. After living in poor communities for more than 20 years, I have learned so much about myself, others, and Jesus who became proximate to us to reconcile the world to himself. 

Proximity to injustice transforms your view of the bigger world and the people moving about in it. Most importantly, it transforms you in all the ways that are necessary to help you take part in God’s process of redeeming and rebuilding what is broken. Proximity to the poor radically changed my perspective and is the reason I think that the most radical, transformative thing you can do as a Christian is to become proximate to injustice. A proximity journey is very personal because personal starting points are so diverse, but the transformative work of proximity enables us to move forward with integrity together. 

Based on your responses, your proximity index is: {{var_score}}.
Here is a description of where this locates you on the index:
____________________________

PROXIMATE IN LOCATION AND RELATIONSHIP
(58 or higher)

You are the real deal and someone who has much to offer. Share what you know with others.  Continue to build on your skills. I hope you find The Power of Proximity helpful as you remain rooted in relationship working together toward the Shalom we are all seeking.

A Quote to Inspire You Forward 
"There is no substitute for this kind of up-close and personal journey. While we are on [life’s Jericho road], whether for a season or a lifetime, we are transformed over and over again. Those who have chosen to pour themselves out as a drink offering in service on this road are the kind of people who have had their perspective radically changed."

Order your copy of The Power of Proximity to learn how you can continue your journey to greater proximity and action.
Buy now and get 30% off!
Get "The Power of Proximity"