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Opportunity Conference in Traverse City Offers Help for People in Poverty Nov. 5

People living in poverty will have a chance to learn about ways to overcome poverty at an Opportunity Conference November 5 in Traverse City. The conference, organized by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI), will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bayview Wesleyan Church located at 720 Wayne Street. The event will give people living in poverty a chance to develop support networks and make connections with navigators who can help them access the resources they need.

”Over the history of the Poverty Reduction Initiative, Opportunity Conferences have sown the seed for many success stories and set the stage for PRI creating or supporting one-on-one relationships through navigating and mentoring support for folks in need of a boost or encouragement,” said Jim Rowlett, past PRI co-chair and steering team member.

The featured speaker at the Opportunity Conference will be nationally known poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle. She spent years living in poverty but eventually went to college and ended up getting her PhD. Beegle will share her personal story and talk about the keys to overcoming poverty.

“PRI has been a pioneer in addressing poverty from the perspective of those who are living in it,” said Beegle. “It will be a life changing day where neighbors in poverty can regain hope, discover their strengths, get rid of paralyzing shame, learn their community cares about them, and gain tools for moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty.”

The event includes a light breakfast, lunch, goodie bags, and prizes.



There is no cost to attend but registration is required by calling Anna at: 231-929-5067. More information is available at:


The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. PRI 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. 


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