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Initiatives Seek to Reduce Poverty in NW Michigan


  The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. The program was born out of the Poverty Summit, held in February 2004, in which 225 area residents joined together to address the issue of poverty in our area. Poverty Reduction Initiative consists of representatives from local businesses, public and government agencies, and concerned citizens. Working subcommittees focus on five strategic directions: Navigators, Mentoring, Education, Advocacy, and Communications.

"A virtual village of neighbors helping neighbors;
creating pathways to opportunities and solutions."

Progress Village is a group of neighbors who want to play an active role in their own community's response to poverty by helping others understand the reality and challenges of living in the crisis of poverty.






Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager