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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hanover to Test Program on Getting Out of Poverty

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

The Circles program aims to eliminate local poverty by capitalizing on the power of a caring community working together.


The Circles program is coming to Grey County.

Hanover has been selected as the pilot community for this bridges out of poverty style program.

The goal is to eliminate local poverty by capitalizing on the power of a caring community working together.

The way this will work is by training mentors in the community and pairing them up with individuals living in poverty.

The mentors will help support the individuals efforts in reaching self sufficiency through increased education, skill building and employment opportunities.

In essence these mentors will serve as a valuable mediator to the individuals helping to connect them to the right resources and opportunities.

Hanover Economic Development Manager April Marshall is pleased Hanover was selected to pilot the program.

She says there is a lot of hidden poverty in the community and a program such as this one will provide both hope and opportunity.

The Circles Canada program that Hanover is participating in, is the same one that the County of Lambton has been successfully involved in.

The program which is still in the infancy stage needs to recruit mentors before it can officially launch.

Ideal mentors are those interested in making a difference in their community through mentoring and support as well as by using their skills and connections to make a positive impact on another’s life.

Circles is committed to the elimination of poverty in our community by capitalizing on the power of a caring community that works together.

 

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