With a few years under its belt, Neighboring 101 is well on its way to staying on course — especially with the addition of a new grant from the Avedis Foundation.

With a few years under its belt, Neighboring 101 is well on its way to staying on course — especially with the addition of a new grant from the Avedis Foundation.

Showing its continued support of the program's efforts, Avedis recently granted Neighboring 101 CEO Steve Palmer a $118,500 check to further the nonprofit's efforts.

Michelle Briggs, president and CEO of the Avedis Foundation, said the Avedis Foundation is honored and pleased to fund this project making a difference in the community.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Avedis Foundation, we are pleased to provide support to Neighboring 101,” Briggs said.

Palmer said the Neighboring 101 mission is clear, and the desired outcome is easy to define.

“We exist to eradicate poverty by using the tools of education and collaboration.” he said.

It does so via a curriculum of Getting Ahead Classes. The framework includes classes titled, “Getting ahead in a just-getting-by world” designed for individuals in poverty and near poverty to move forward and build resources.

The first Getting Ahead class began in April 2014 with a graduating class of seven individuals. In the following two years there have been six more classes held with a total of 55 individuals graduating from the program.

Palmer said poverty will exist as long as it is not understood.

“We understand that poverty must be defined in a much broader sense than financial resources alone,” he said. “Working together to achieve goals and connections will allow us to move forward together,” Palmer said.

To support the perpetual mission of this organization, both now and in the future, donations can be made directly to Neighboring 101, Inc., Briggs added.

The grant falls in line with the overall mission of Avedis, which is to measurably improve health, wellness and the quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and surrounding areas.