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Circles Newaygo County has recalibrated its program to move more people to become independent and self-supporting.

“We’re focusing more on improving the quality of life for our community members through teaching basic skills, self-development, and self-sufficiency,” said Michelle Marciniak, Circles Coordinator for TrueNorth Community Services. “We really believe these changes will encourage more participants to join so we can have a larger impact in our area.”

Launched 2½ years ago, Circles embraces taking a personalized approach in seeking to end poverty one family at a time. 

Circle Leaders are the family leaders who work through the program to break out of poverty. They build self-esteem and self-reliance with guidance and encouragement from the volunteer Allies which they are paired with.  They also gain broader support for their efforts toward independence through local resources and a community of volunteers.

Circles is looking for people to join its fourth Circle Leaders’ cohort, which starts this fall. Child care and dinner are part of the four-phase program’s weekly meetings in Fremont. In addition, volunteers are needed as Allies and in other roles for Circles.

To get involved or for more details, contact Circles at 231.924.0641, ext. 220, or

Circles is funded by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation grant and through other contributions.



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