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Shiawassee Hope Volunteers

10:11 am

Shiawassee Hope is pleased to announce two upcoming training dates for community individuals interested in becoming a mentor or “Navigator” for individuals who struggle in poverty. Marlene Webster, one of the co-coordinators of Shiawassee Hope, says that research shows that there are two key components to helping people move out of poverty. One is gaining a skill or trade. The other is having a close relationship with a compassionate mentor.

Shiawassee Hope offers specialized training to community members who desire to serve in this capacity. Training includes understanding what life is really like for someone who does not have enough income to meet basic living needs, gaining perspective on the commonly held myths about people who live in poverty, and learning how to help someone set goals and navigate past barriers that keep people from having access to opportunities they need. “We like to say that the role of the Navigator is to help their Neighbor (term used for mentee) to chart a course from poverty to possibility,” says Webster.

Currently about 20 Navigators and Neighbors are working together in Shiawassee County. Additional neighbors will be recruited at the Hope Conference on Oct. 20 at which time there will be a need for several additional Navigators.

Each training lasts two hours and includes a light meal and training materials. The next two trainings are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Chestnut Conference Center, 1675 W. Main (M-21), Owosso. You can register on-line for the Aug. 24 training at or for the Sept. 12 training at For additional information, you may call Shiawassee Hope Co-coordinators Marlene Webster (989) 413-7342 or Penny Corbin at (989) 413-7513.

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Shiawassee Hope Volunteers was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by Karen Elford