Graduates part of comprehensive anti-poverty campaign
Special to the Journal
Albany, GA – Albany’s local anti-poverty initiative, Strive2Thrive, will graduated 12 families (14 individuals) from Phase I of its “Getting Ahead” program on Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm. The celebration will take place at First United Methodist Church, which has hosted Strive2Thrive at its church facility for the past 16 weeks.
Families who graduated enrolled in the program in August 2010, said Strive2Thrive Program Coordinator Ausha Jackson. The group is the third graduating class since the program began, she said.
“The participants will now move on to Phase II of the program, which is called Circles, during which time, they will become Circle Leaders and will be matched with Allies, or volunteers, who have committed ongoing support in the participants’ journey to overcome poverty,” Jackson said.
Chamber President & CEO Catherine Glover called the graduation a milestone in the families’ commitment to building a better life.
“We could not be more proud of these men and women who are determined to overcome poverty. These families have consistently worked to make the necessary changes in their lives by taking the first step in becoming self-sufficient,” Glover said.
“These families now understand they are responsible for their destiny and have the tools, resources, and support from the community to become successful individuals,” she added.
Following the graduation ceremony, 27 families will be enrolled in Strive2Thrive as Circle Leaders. Applications are being accepted for the next Getting Ahead class that will begin in August 2012. Glover and Jackson said more allies and volunteers are also needed.
Strive2Thrive weekly meetings will resume on January 19 at Greater Second Mt. Olive Church, where Pastor Lorenzo Heard presides. For more information on how you can get involved in Strive2Thrive, visit www.strive2thrive.org or call (229) 317-7175.