, Muskogee, OK


July 31, 2013

Program makes strides vs. poverty

— New statistics released recently show that Muskogee is making strides in reducing poverty.

Community Circles of Muskogee released statistics for its last five sessions of the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” program.

Thirty-six of 53 people graduated from the course, according to statistics provided by Circles coordinator, Tom Martindale.

Of those 36:

• 22 increased their income.

• 29 reduced their debt.

• 11 either completed their GED or enrolled in higher education.

• 18 now have savings accounts.

Those are encouraging numbers.

The majority of the participants are moving in the right direction.

The key for these 36 will be how they are doing in years to come.

Hopefully those statistics will improve for these 36 in five, 10 years and beyond.

This is an ongoing process.

Poverty did not raise its ugly head in Muskogee overnight. And it won’t go away in just a few sessions.

Each graduate from this program has a chance to improve the rest of his or her life.

Some may say 36 is not a substantial number.

But to each of those 36, we bet the progress feels substantial.

Community Circles of Muskogee is not finished with five sessions.

These results show the sessions are making a dent in our poverty problem.

Those numbers make us feel the program is working and should be supported by the city and its citizens.

The journey for these 36 is far from over. But they have made great strides.

We applaud these 36 and look forward to many more graduates.

Text Only
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.