A bright star in the season of hope

Circles of Hope offers promise
Dec 31, 2012

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 needed is startup funding to kick-start the effort. Those who chart out out their charitable funding for the year need to know there’s a new endeavor that can made a difference not just for now, but for generations.

The first year’s budget needs have been set at $65,000. Those spearheading Circles of Hope are exploring all avenues, including projects that will ensure the effort’s long-term sustainability.

To make a contribution, mail checks to Circles of Hope, c/o Mountain Projects, Atten: Patsy Dowling, 2251 Old Balsam Road, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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