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A special social assets meeting designed for people new to the program! This will be an introduction to social assets, with information about the program, its benefits, and how it works.
New folks are welcome and encouraged to come. The meeting is open to area adults age 18 and above. Regular members are encouraged to bring a friend to this meeting!
We always have a meal together, build in social time, and have a structured and facilitated meeting for an hour and a half.
6:00: dinner is served, and social time
6:30: meeting begins
8:00: meeting ends
This will be outdoors at Veteran’s Park in Grand Rapids, at the far end near the pedestrian bridge and dog park. In the case of bad weather, we will meet on Zoom. Please contact us this day if you aren’t sure.
Bring a chair if you have one. If not, we have some available, along with bug spray and sunscreen.
For questions contact Michelle at 218-999-5883, or michellet@kootasca.org.

The Circles of Support community meets every Thursday evening. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm at Veteran’s Park, at the far end of the park near the dog park and pedestrian bridge. A meal is provided each week from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Meeting discussions are designed to promote social interaction and learning. Topics revolve around an understanding of one’s self and their community as well as systemic barriers that impact forward mobility.

Circles of Support meetings open and close with very specific cognitive restructuring activities that encourage focus on positive aspects of life despite any negativity that may be present.

Relationships created through this process value life experiences and allow learning to happen across differences without placing blame. Progress toward self-selected goals is recognized and celebrated.

Skill building activities are woven into meetings including financial literacy, self-empowerment, and leadership. Additional activities such as picnics, artistic opportunities, and recreational outings are scheduled throughout the year.


Circles of Support social asset building activities are open to people experiencing poverty related issues as well as community members who are not in poverty but have an interest in befriending people who struggle with poverty related issues.

  • Meeting attendees must be at least 18 years of age
  • Sobriety at meetings is expected. Meeting attendees are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Meetings attendees possess the ability to demonstrate appropriate group meeting behaviors and respectful social interaction
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