A bright star in the season of hope
As 2013 nears, a local effort will get off the ground to help address systemic poverty issues. The Haywood campaign, “Circles of Hope,” is patterned after a national model that’s been proven to help individuals escape generational poverty.
The odds of success are good. On average 67 pecent of the participants improve their income level by 81 percent. Success such as this doesn’t just help individual families who participate, but elevates the entire community.
The program has three basic needs — volunteers willing to work, one-on-one, with individuals in poverty; a willingness on the part thos struggling financially to work toward escaping their circumstances, and funding to help make the program work.
After nearly a year of planning, the first two components are in place. What is still ...