Finding stability for families in poverty
Circles Newaygo County's second cohort completes 12 weeks of intensive training
Devon and Krista Sellers want improved situations and better lives.
“Stability. It’s huge,” Devon says. “I’ve never been stable my entire life.”
For Krista, stability means finishing college, going back to work and finding their own home. For Devon, that means earning his GED, getting back his driver’s license and “not living from paycheck to paycheck.”
That is why the rural Fremont couple signed up last fall with Circles Newaygo County, a self-sufficiency program for families in poverty. On December 21 at TrueNorth Community Services, they graduated along with eight others in their cohort after 12 weeks of rigorous training.
Volunteer- and community-driven, Circles focuses on relationships and celebrates personal journeys and milestones. Circles takes courage by its participants, who commit to weekly meetings, face-to-face mentorings and must be open to constructive feedback.
Circles Newaygo County is funded through a Fremont Area Community Foundation grant.