Special Report: 11 Cares for the Community airs Monday

By: Leigh Ashman Email
By: Leigh Ashman Email

Through the month of July 11 News reporters will show you what it means when we say 11 Cares. They'll be bringing you inspirational stories that have special meaning to them while they highlight the great people who live here and the wonderful things going on in our community.

11 Today Reporter Lisa McDivitt brings you the first 11 Cares special report and has more on 'Bridges Out of Poverty'. Nearly 30 Mesa County agencies have banded together to fight all levels of poverty in the Grand Valley. Through a program called Bridges Out of Poverty, they're using revolutionary ways of helping people currently on federal aid become self-sufficient. She shows you how it works, what it costs and who it benefits.

Lisa says, "I chose this story because I was originally interested in learning more about a new class called Learning to Work It Out. The class is free, offers resume tips, decision-making and interviewing skills. It also offsets costs for things like day care and transportation.

I liked that it aims at helping people coming out of the criminal justice system get back into the workforce. I found out that their funding came from a new project called Bridges Out of Poverty. This led to a broader story about ways that Mesa County's assistant agencies are working with each other, and their clients.

I learned they identified nine priorities, based on the Mesa County Needs Assessment, includeing employment and economic stability, eliminating barriers to services, and youth development. Armed with a surplus of federal funds and a deadline to spend it, Bridges Out of Poverty entered into contracts with dozens of pilot programs throughout the county.

Based on how these programs do from this first batch of funding, could determine which ones get future funding. I hope you enjoy this overview of the program and meeting one woman whose life is turning around as a result of this exciting initiative.'

The story airs Monday, July 6 during 11 Today with Lauren Whitney and Bernie Lange starting at 5:30 a.m. More on the program will be posted on nbc11news.com after the story airs.

Keep checking nbc11news.com for advance notice on when our other 11 Cares stories will air.

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