Well we are almost all the way through our first run of the Getting Ahead Program and we are so excited about the future of this program in Simcoe County, specifically in the Midland/Penetanguishene area. The current participants have expressed immense gratitude to the staff and supporters of Getting Ahead and are really looking forward to taking the next steps towards their goals.
We asked our current Getting Ahead participants …
Why Choose Getting Ahead?
Here is what they had to say:
Before I joined the program I struggled with trying to improve my life on the poverty line as I deal with a myriad of government rules especially when it comes to ODSP and CPP. During the program, as I am getting to know people and learning about their struggles and successes and as we share resource info, I am realizing that I am not the only one struggling.
I’m starting to see others in the program as real people and not just as statistics. When I graduate I hope to use what I have learned so I can struggle less and succeed more in my life! I would finally like to laugh more and worry a lot less and ideally kiss poverty good-bye forever!
-Sandy, Getting Ahead May 2017
Before Getting Ahead I felt completely lost in a long-term rut. Now that I’m in it I’m learning better coping skills and about more community resources. When I graduate I hope to get a clear vision of my future story.
-John, Getting Ahead May 2017
The Getting Ahead program has given me the time and shown me the tools I need to acquire more social capital. With its well laid out process I am more motivated than ever to explore my life and I now feel a strong sense of belonging. In addition, I have been able to explore more opportunities in my community and detach myself from my problems. I now see clearly where my issues stem from and how I can move myself forward.
-Casandra, Getting Ahead May 2017
We are absolutely thrilled that both the Getting Ahead Program and Circles initiative have been launched in the Midland/Penetanguishene area, alongside the longstanding and successful Bridges Out of Poverty Program. We are looking forward to long-term, sustainable and positive impact in our community and throughout Simcoe County.
We have received a number of calls from people wondering how they can get involved in this great program, what to expect and how to get started.
CLICK HERE to email the Coordinator, Dionne Thomson,
or call the North Simcoe Learning Centre for more information