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Strive to Thrive gets allies

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A fight to end poverty and help Albany-Dougherty families become self-sufficient is getting help from more than two dozen allies.

The first of two ally training sessions was held this morning at the Albany Welcome Center. Interested community members were told how they can work to help families help themselves out of poverty. As allies they'll offer direction on guide-posts families must pass to be successful. They know it won't be an overnight process.

"There is no quick fix to poverty, it's going to take increasing the education levels of our families, it's going to take getting them more employability skills, it's going to take raising the awareness level in our community because some of us are still in denial," said Harriet Hollis, Strive to Thrive Coordinator.

Strive to Thrive will start helping 10 families, and when they get about mid-way through the program they'll add 10 more. The group hopes to help 50 families by the end of the year. This is the first initiative of its kind in Georgia.


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