"A virtual village of neighbors helping neighbors; creating pathways to opportunities and solutions."
Progress Village is a group of neighbors who want to play an active role in their own community's response to poverty by helping others understand the reality and challenges of living in the crisis of poverty.
Collaborating partners of the Traverse Bay PRI realized that a shared mission and coordinated service delivery across the region could produce solid results. Traverse Bay PRI learned early on that relationships make the difference when helping people realize their vision to exit poverty. Through their nearly eight-year history, partners of PRI became increasingly convinced that the journey to reduce poverty must have shared, equal representation from people who are living in poverty; Dr. Donna Beegle calls them "Authentic Voices". The commitment by Traverse Bay PRI to increase participation of those living in poverty led them to conduct a survey of people that had attended the Opportunity Conferences to identify willing participants. These participants attended a workshop with Dr. Donna Beegle, Authentic Leadership, and continued to meet to name the group and identify their vision.
They are PROGRESS VILLAGE, and the members are identified as NEIGHBORS.
“A virtual village of neighbors helping neighbors; creating pathways to opportunities and solutions.”
We Meet Monthly
Progress Village meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Career Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road, Traverse City (please note the new location). Child care is now provided courtesy of the Career Tech Center Early Childhood program. Our meetings are open to anyone interested. See map.
Our First Event
Introduction to Poverty 101
Progress Village in Traverse City organized an event called Introduction to Poverty 101 to help local service providers understand the facts, myths, and realities of living in poverty. Progress Village is made up of people who've struggled with poverty and are now working with the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to provide community outreach. Watch the video to find out more about Progress Village and the event.