Definitions of poverty often overlook the relational dimension of poverty. Poverty, in essence, is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Why are the poor denied access to social power? Why do economic policies often benefit the rich over the poor? Why are there constraints to growth? Why is there widespread violence – whether by organized crime or by family members? Why do many people live in insecurity and fear? What is at the root of the disempowerment that results? The answer is simple: Deceptive, dominating, indifferent and broken relationships. In order to address this relational dimension of poverty, the work of strengthening civil society via community building and organizing, in addition to reconciliation and peace-making, is crucial to the transformational agenda. Restoring broken families and marriages, healing the division among the poor and building relational bridges between the poor and non-poor is critical to significant long-term change. Without it, we will not overcome poverty.