Hi everyone, I am back in the Hunters Bay studio with my new friend
Kelly Jones who is absolutely inspiring and amazing! You have touched
my heart and you are stuck with me forever! We talked about your journey
which has been very challenging to say the least. I encourage everyone to
listen to this radio show (link below and also available as a podcast).
We spoke about Circles Muskoka.
Can you share a little more about what Circles Muskoka is?
Circles Muskoka is an intentional friendship program that helps people
to get out of poverty. Doing with and not doing for is the mentality.
Just Showing Up seems to be the common theme. They connect people who
are struggling and want to change their lives and offer programs.
The first is called getting ahead. This is a 12-15 week program for individuals
in poverty or near poverty, learning new ways to speak and be a part of the community and are invited into circles and matched with allies.
A circle “leader” will be matched with up to 3-4 allies. It is life changing!
Who are allies? Allies are community members. Your Dr. could potentially
become your alley. There are a couple of others here in the studio that we
would love to join us. People in the community that just want to make a
difference but do not know how.
The first step is to walk through the doors, sit down, have a meal and
become friends with someone. You have just changes someone’s life.
“You can also learn so much from each other”
It is when you give is when you get so much more back.
I encourage every community member to learn more about Circles Muskoka.
It is an incredible organization. You can learn more through the
YWCA Muskoka website.
November 8th there will be an event called Bridges Out of Poverty
at Faith Baptist Church where you can learn so much more about Circles
and the impact on the community.
We can all make a difference, more than writing a cheque.
It is about connection, friendships and making a difference.
I encourage you to attend this event and if not, learn about circles
in your community. There are locations everywhere.
Kelly, thank you so much for all you do and thank you to Circles Muskoka
for Just Showing Up and making a difference!
Listen here to the full radio show with Kelly
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