HUNTSVILLE — Endless efforts to lift Muskokans out of poverty continues.

On Friday, Nov. 8, YWCA Muskoka is hosting another day of Bridges Out of Poverty training in Huntsville.

The workshop is designed for community individuals, educators, sector leaders and volunteers who are interested in broadening their mindset and making a difference.

Bridges offers community members and social service providers a chance to think about poverty and will introduce local, practical strategies that really make a difference.

Facilitator Kelly Jones, YWCA Coach for Circles in South Muskoka, says in a release that the workshop “will give participants a framework for understanding poverty and how it relates to income groups.”

She says it will “open eyes to a different perspective on how we live and work in society and community.

“Different groups in our society live by cues and habits that are ‘hidden’; others don’t see these cues and habits or understand how they function.”

Participants will learn about these and other thought-provoking, practical theories to develop a greater understanding of how to build bridges across sectors to achieve the ultimate goal of a sustainable and thriving community in Muskoka.

One past participant called it: “One of the most powerful and relevant learning/training sessions I have attended in over 10 years. Keep up this amazing work!”

The workshop is part of three pillars of poverty reduction work by YWCA Muskoka, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Simcoe Muskoka and the District of Muskoka.

It includes Bridges out of Poverty workshops, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By-World (a 15-week initiative for lower income individuals) and Circles® Muskoka, a community based approach to supporting people out of poverty with sites in both north and south Muskoka.

The $40 workshop is being held at Faith Baptist Church and will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Participants can register online or by visiting www.ywcamuskoka.com/events/bridges-out-of-poverty and are being asked to arrive at 9:00am.

For more information about the Project please contact Jones at 705-645-9827 or by email at ajones@ywcamuskoka.com

And for more information about the YW, go to their website at  www.ywcamuskoka.com

Community leaders are invited to another YWCA Bridges Out of Poverty workshop Friday in Huntsville. (YWCA file photo)